5 Myths About Germs on Planes?

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USA Today has a piece on Five myths about germs on aircraft, which actually seemed pretty thoughtful and useful (h/t: Scott R), with the caveat I’m not a scientist and don’t know much about the accuracy of some of these things.

The 5 myths they address:

1. The most dangerous health hazard in the air is the cabin air itself.
2. The bagged airline pillows and blankets are OK to use.
3. Airlines clean the aircraft between flights.
4. The airlines have taken steps to ensure that passengers can’t contract diseases like the Ebola virus in the aircraft.
5. Let’s face it, there’s not much I can do to protect myself when I’m trapped in an aircraft cabin.

I appreciated their practical tips at the end for what you can do to keep yourself in good health when flying, several of which I use myself, such as keeping (and using) hand sanitizer in my carryon and whenever I can remember using a hand sanitizing wipe on my tray table and armrest.

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