Do you get sick from the air in an airplane?

12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Do you get sick from the air in an airplane?

If you fall ill a few days after a flight, you might curse the recycled air in the plane. We understand. A logical thought. But although many people think that the air ventilation in the aircraft is the culprit, this is often not the case. This is how it works â € ¦

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The bacteria from 20 rows away

To begin with, the cabin air system is not recycle the air full of bacteria and then blow it into your face. Only part of the air in the cabin of an aircraft is recycled. About half of it. And that recycled air is filtered up to twenty or thirty times per hour with HEPA filters. These filters are also used in hospitals to keep the area free of bacteria and viruses. They allow air to flow through very small holes in which particles linger. So it works a bit like a colander, but then for dust and bacteria.

Fresh air every three minutes

The rest of the air in the cabin is air from outside the aircraft that enters through the engine compressors. The air is replaced every two to three minutes by the aircraft's built-in air supply system. Your office, home or the local cafe are therefore more cramped. Let the air blow out of those vents! Nothing that comes between you and your dream vacation. Such as a memorable stay at the special Lodge Elephant Safari Park on Bali or the fairytale Riad Slitine in Marrakech.

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Where you do bump into germs

You encounter germs earlier in other places on the plane. Protect yourself and, for example, get a cloth over the folding table in front of you, touch the toilet as little as possible and ignore the water fountains at the airport. Logical, right?

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Blame it on your neighbors

You also get sick sooner by the people around you who are sick and infect you then from that recycled cough from twenty rows away. Your aircraft neighbors can easily infect you if they are within 45 centimeters of you. If your neighbor sneezes on you on the plane, then of course there is a chance that you too will catch a cold. But that has less to do with the air in the plane and more with the people who are close to you. Just like in a train or at the office. So do you get sick after a flight? Don't blame it on the air in the plane, but on the seat you've been assigned.