Staying Healthy


Medicines, Germs

  • Don't forget to bring along your medications, and do let the flight attendants know if you have a medical condition so they can check on you periodically during the flight. Altitude and pressure can affect the way your body ingests its regular medications.
  • Wash your hands and keep them clean; avoid touching them to your face. Cold, flu and other germs on airplanes get picked up mostly by your hands which then come in contact with eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid sleeping pills. They can keep you from reacting in an emergency and artificially affect your sleep cycle.

Tobacco Smoke

Domestic US flights no longer permit smoking. Some international flights do.

  • If you are a non-smoker on an international flight, breathing through a dampened handkerchief can help filter out the smoke. The more you keep your eyes closed or covered, the less they will be affected by the smoke. Symptoms you may experience from the smoke include runny noses, watery eyes, sneezing and impaired breathing.
  • If you are a smoker on an international flight, be considerate of others and try to limit your smoking. You may be given the right to smoke in your section, but unlike other environments, airplanes lack effective ventilation systems so your actions are more keenly felt by other passengers. Studies have proven that even when smokers are confined to a designated area, other passengers are still affected by the smoke.
  • Like it or not, smokers are less likely to receive full attention from flight attendants, who tend to avoid the smoking zone. Some in-air workers are suing their employees and even tobacco companies for preventing them from working in healthy environments.

Healthy Travel Tips

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