Because of the cramped quarters and the sheer amount of people squeezed in, airplanes can be germ havens. And if you aren’t careful, this combined with the small seats and altitude can make for an uncomfortable trip. Here are some things not to do on an airplane.
Starting with walking around barefoot. The floors are covered in germs. Flight attendants have seen everything spilled on that floor including vomit.
There could have also been a glasses dropped and some shards that were missed. Best bet is when you get up…put your shoes on.
Next, unless it’s a short flight, don’t stay in your seat the entire time. In flight you are at higher risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which is a blood clot that forms in your legs. Try to get up every hour but if you can’t get out of your seat lift your knees up to your chest and rotate your ankles frequently.
And don’t fall asleep before take off. If you do it will be harder for you to equalize the pressure in your ears and could get pressure in your ears or worse, some dizziness and nausea.
You should also avoid falling asleep with your face up against the wall or window. Can you imagine how many other people have done the same before you? Coughed on the window or sneezed? Gross! Use your sweater or bring antibacterial wipes to clean up your area before touching surfaces.
Speaking of icky surfaces, you might also want to rethink wearing shorts. Or for that matter, any clothing that doesn’t cover your skin that will be touching the seat. Like many parts of the plane, the seats are not cleaned in between flights and are a prime area for germs to hide.
You might also want to reconsider using an airline supplied pillows and blankets. They are usually recycled flight to flight and aren’t washed until the day is over. It’s a better idea to bring your own travel pillow and a small blanket or pashmina.
And finally, don’t get ice in your drinks. The aircraft’s water is not especially safe to consume for drinking and airlines serve bottled water. However, most still make their ice cubes from the tap water. On some planes the water tanks are old and bacteria can grow in them.