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Keep the Vent Above Your Seat on

Last week, I talked about the lesson  on the radio—and because it’s important, I’m making it a tip. A doctor interviewed by Travel + Leisure shares a medical reason to keep the vent above you on a plane on for the whole flight. From the story:

“Airborne viruses, like tuberculosis and measles, are transmitted by tiny droplet nuclei that can hang in the air for up to five hours, Gendreau said.

While viruses associated with the common cold and upper respiratory track infections tend to be larger in size and heavier (consequently falling to the floor rather quickly), these particles linger. Which is where your vent comes in.

By using the vent and turning it on medium or low, you can create an invisible air barrier around you that creates turbulence — simultaneously blocking these particles and forcing them to the ground faster.”

As I mentioned in last week’s tip on why you shouldn’t use the hotel hair dryer, I’m a borderline germaphobe, so this is something I’m taking seriously. For more on the science behind this idea, .

 

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