Airplanes as petri dishes

IMG_20140304_132729Summer is vacation time. If you travel by air you know you are sharing space with lots of germs. When others cough or sneeze those happy germs get circulated around the cabin several times before they exit. Airplanes are kept dry because of the pressurization system and this helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. However, the influenza virus is most infectious at this temperature and humidity level.


Not only airborne germs, but those on arm rests, windows and those convenient seat pockets can find their way to your insides. These surfaces are not disinfected between flights so it is up to you to carry a “wipe” and protect yourself. Those tiny lavatories are also a happy home for germs. Even though they are supposed to disinfect them between flights, 50 folks using the lav during the flight can quickly exacerbate the germ environment – especially those that sit on handles waiting for your touch.


To help protect you from airborne germs we advise carrying a personal air purifier that can zap germs around you before they enter your nose. The one we use is a Chi-Ionizer. And to boost your immune system check out a good antibacterial herbal throat spray, something to counter the critters in your nose like   X-Clear and an immune booster. We like the Del-Immune V which is  a strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain). Studies have shown that peptides found in lactobacillus cells are pivotal for getting the immune system going in a rapid manner.  These are just suggestions but are what we have found to be effective so we recommend them.


Another big consideration, is change your travel plans when you are sick. It’s not fair to other passengers and it can compound your illness because you are more susceptible to new pathogens when your immune system is compromised. If you have allergies or congestion it can result in a painful ear during descent as your eustachian tubes will have difficulty clearing. You may consider taking a natural or over-the-counter decongestant before going to the airport.  If you keep these recommendations in mind you should be able to enjoy your trip.


One response to “Airplanes as petri dishes

  1. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article
    plus the rest of the site is also good.

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