Category: airplanes

Stuck on the Tarmac? You’re Getting Sick.

According to FOX News, typically air is cleaned during flight through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that capture 99.97 percent of bacterial and viruses.

However, “One well-known study in 1979 found that when a plane sat three hours with its engines off and no air circulating, 72 percent of the 54 people on board got sick within two days. The flu strain they had was traced to one passenger. For that reason, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory in 2003 to airlines saying that passengers should be removed from planes within 30 minutes if there’s no air circulation, but compliance isn’t mandatory.”

With fuel prices high, most airlines turn off the engines while waiting on the tarmac. When planning your next trip, consider:
– looking at however the flight is delayed
– taking an early morning flight, around 6 or 7 am, which are rarely delayed
– avoid delay prone airports, such as NYC and Chicago
If you don’t feel any air from the vents, be prepared for sickness after your flight.

(via Fox News)

Hidden Hazards of Air Travel

American Airlines was recently sued after a passenger’s family alleged that he died as a result of a tainted in-flight meal. While it’s unlikely that evidence will convict American, there have been many stories in the past about health code violations with vendors that prepare inflight meals. Consider bringing a meal with you for your trip, rather than purchasing an onboard germ snack.

Now part of Southwest, low budget airline AirTran, formerly known as ValuJet until a horrific crash in Florida, is accused of flying planes with cockroaches. A couple is seeking more than $100,000 after allegedly spotting cockroaches crawling out of air vents and baggage compartments on their flight.

(via Five Hidden Hazards of Air Travel РSmarterTravel.com)