How a sick airline passenger in the next row will likely infect you

Posted by - March 22, 2018

A RECENT study has found that airline passengers have a greatly increased chance of getting sick if they are seated near a person with a contagious illness.
According to the AFP, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found a correlation between the increased exposure of passengers to illnesses like influenza if they sat next to an infected person or in the adjacent row.
Now Airbnb dreams of flying you places In a study that is the first to quantify the odds of getting sick based on a person’s proximity to an infected person, researchers studied 10 transcontinental flights and meticulously tracked movements of passengers. Their goal was to gauge the likelihood of the passengers contracting common respiratory infections, acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and influenza, which are spread by tiny droplets in the air and on surfaces.
“Passengers seated within one row and within two seats laterally of the infected passenger had an 80 percent or greater probability of becoming infected,” said the study.
“For all other passengers, the probability of infection was less than three percent.”
The study by researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology also found that crew members could infect an average of 4.6 passengers per flight, the AFP reported.
“Thus, it is imperative that flight attendants not fly when they are ill.”
Crew members could infect an average of 4.6 passengers per flight. Source: Shutterstock
Contrary to popular belief that respiratory viruses tend to be found on tray tables and seatbelts, the researchers who took swabs of the items found no traces of them there. They suggested most illness is spread by sneezing and coughing and not droplets that fall on surfaces or the ground.
Swabs for respiratory viruses on tray tables and seatbelts also showed no trace of viruses, suggesting that most illnesses are spread by sneezing and coughing, not droplets that fall on surfaces or the ground.
Fortunately, existing public guidelines have cautioned passengers seated two rows of an infected passenger to monitor their health conditions for contagious diseases.
Travel hacks: What the cabin crew can advise you about flying Lenox Hill Hospital emergency physician Robert Glatter, who was not involved in the study, was quoted as saying the study’s model argues that it requires you to be closer than previously reported — within one row and two seats of an infected passenger — as opposed to two rows regarding greatest risk of becoming ill on an airplane.
“But the risk was significantly less if you were seated beyond two rows of an infected person who was coughing or sneezing. This runs counter to traditional thinking that if a person coughs or sneezes anywhere in the cabin, they will infect the entire plane.”
So what can we do to prevent getting the common flu or something potentially worse?
Glatter said passengers must pay meticulous attention to hand washing, or using hand sanitizer to reduce your risk of becoming ill during air travel.
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Can travel change our minds, bodies?

Posted by - March 9, 2018

PEOPLE often talk about the positive effects of regular travel and the transformative experiences they have along the way.
It leaves them feeling better inside and out, something that can last long after their tan has faded. But is it all in the head or can frequent travel have a powerful enough effect to cause tangible changes in our minds and bodies?
Insight from a growing number of sources suggests it does.
Transformative travel, wellness retreats: Which one is right for you? Psychologist Adam Galinsky is one expert to explore the connection.
In a recent interview for Contiki’s online travel community, Six-Two, he explained that when it comes to travel experiences it is the depth (how immersive they are) and breadth (how varied) that has the greatest impact. So much so, that it could bring about cognitive changes, altering the way we think.
Galinsky said travel alters how we “approach the world”, making our minds more open and flexible.
“Openness allows us to digest and take in new information without rejecting it or being defensive and flexibility allows us to break out of entrenched habits of thinking.”
Source: Unsplash.
But that’s not all.
Galinsky says other studies have found travel experiences can even prompt a shift in personality traits, increasing extroversion and decreasing neuroticism.
Contiki’s own independent research also supports this. In a survey conducted on over 2900 travelers aged between 18 and 35 from six different countries, 75 percent reported feeling more confident because of travel.
So what triggers these cognitive changes? Galinsky believes it is a combination of engaging with and reflecting on experiences and different “world views” and then consciously integrating them into our thought process.
Elsewhere other research has discovered a link between regular travel and improved heart health in later life.
According to insights from the Global Coalition on Aging, “as one travels, one will be healthier”.
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It reports that men and women who take frequent vacations throughout their lives are at lower risk of developing heart disease or suffering a coronary death, compared to those that skip annual leave or holiday infrequently (every six years or fewer).
Survey data suggests this is because many people (60 percent of those questioned) were more physically active on vacation than at home and that travel improved their commitment to health goals.
However, travel may cause negative changes too. The effect of frequent flying on the body is currently under research with experts warning that in certain circumstances, passengers could risk greater exposure to cosmic radiation.
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According to an article on the BBC’s website, cosmic radiation is ionizing which in a high enough dose, could cause chemical changes in the body which can increase the risk of cancer and genetic abnormalities.
While flying, the dose we receive varies depending on altitude, latitude, and space weather. A flight during a solar storm, for instance, could deliver a far higher dose than average.
Solar storms aside, the article states that typical exposure during plane travel ranges from around 2.0 millirems to 4.8 millirems. To put this in perspective, a chest X-ray exposes us to between 2.0 and 10.0 millirems of ionizing radiation. And during a year, the average person is exposed to 350 millirems, only 9 percent of which results from cosmic radiation.
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It comes as little surprise then that some sources question whether frequent flyers could really be at any significant risk of developing adverse bodily changes.
For those of us that are concerned though, apps such as Track Your Dose make monitoring the situation easy so we may make informed travel decisions.
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Moms-to-be, here’s the crucial ‘no-fly zone’ for pregnant travelers

Posted by - March 6, 2018

“PREGNANT WOMEN shouldn’t be flying during their first trimester, it’s not safe because you could miscarry!”, “The safest time to fly is before 37 weeks because from 37 weeks of pregnancy you’re considered full-term”, “Don’t fly at all if you’re pregnant. Just don’t!”
So many voices, so hard to hear.
Heavily pregnant Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK) star Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently when she decided to have one last “babymoon” with her favorite people, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian. In Tokyo.
Source: Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram.
Jet lag
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 27, 2018
Back to the jet lag—— it’s very intense lol
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 28, 2018
Fans, netizens, and an entire breed of KUWTK-hating trolls, of course, had a field day on social media after Khloe shared the above posts from the Japanese city.
“You can still fly at that stage? Wow mommy u need to take it easy”, “Are you supposed to be flying to Japan in this late stage of pregnancy? I would be concerned about going into early labor in another country just saying girl”, “How many months pregnant do you have to be until you can’t fly anymore?” were just some of the many comments.
Most people were of the opinion that Khloe, who is currently in her third trimester (anywhere between 28 weeks to 40 weeks), shouldn’t be risking her pregnancy by flying halfway across the globe (it takes about 12 hours to get to Tokyo from Los Angeles on a direct flight).
Hearsay aside, what’s the no-fly zone for pregnant travelers?
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According to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:
The safest time to fly is before 37 weeks if you’re carrying one baby. The safest time to fly is before 32 weeks if you’re carrying twins or more. From 37 weeks onwards, you could go into labor at any time, which is why many women choose not to fly after this time. Most airlines don’t allow women to fly after 37 weeks. It may also be more difficult to get travel insured after 37 weeks. However, it’s important to note that there’s an increased risk of developing a Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in your legs or pelvis while flying. The risk of a DVT increases with the length of the flight. If it travels to your lungs, it can be life-threatening.
Other than that, pregnant women may experience discomfort such as swelling of the legs due to water retention and nasal congestion or problems in the ears due to the changes in air pressure in the plane, but those aren’t uncommon even for the average traveler.
Want to avoid jetlag and flatulence while flying? Follow these tips When planning your travels, first and foremost, check with your airline before booking your trip. Many airlines have their own rules on when pregnant travelers can fly.
More importantly, get medical clearance. Your airline may ask you to get a letter from your doctor stating when your baby is due and confirming that you are in good health with a straightforward pregnancy and are not at an increased risk of complications.
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Don’t try this on a plane: Ways to get yourself restrained

Posted by - March 5, 2018

IT SEEMS airline passengers are on a quest to break all the unwritten aviation rules this year.
In 2018 so far, a woman has been caught drying her underpants through the aircraft’s air-conditioning, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing because a man refused to stop breaking wind, and another man was removed from a Bali-bound flight after he lit up a cigarette next to a refueling plane.
And now, a passenger bound for Dhaka, India has been arrested after stripping butt-naked on a Malindo Air flight on Saturday.
Naked passenger nabbed on flight from KL to Dhaka
— theSun (@theSundaily) March 4, 2018
The man in question is a 20-year-old student studying at private university in Cyberjaya.
Malindo Air’s OD162 flight left from Kuala Lumpur international airport on Saturday. Shortly after take-off, the passenger had to be apprehended and tied up for his own safety and to ensure the other passengers weren’t traumatized further.
One witness said the man stripped naked and started watching pornography on his laptop while ignoring fellow passengers and cabin crew.
“He complied with their request. A short while later there was some commotion at the toilet area and it turned out that he was harassing a stewardess,” The Sun Daily quoted the witness as saying.
The Bangladeshi national was intercepted by authorities after the plane landed at Shajalal International Airport.
Dear cannibals, this human meat restaurant does not exist The airline reported that crew on the flight had adhered to correct protocol for these unforeseeable situations.
In a statement posted on the airlines’ Faceboook page, Malindo Air promised to continue to be vigilant and added, “With regards to the incident about a disruptive passenger onboard OD162 to Dhaka on 3 March, the crew on board has followed the standard operating procedure to restraint passenger [sic] from any further disruption to the crew and passengers onboard.”
But what are the rules surrounding restraining passengers?
Unruly passengers are more of an issue on flights than screaming babies or exploding yogurt pots. When they strike, cabin crew and pilots have to think fast to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
Each situation is dealt with according to the law in which the plane is registered in. That having said, a universal rule does apply in these situations, being that the captain of the plane has the final say of whether a passenger needs restraining and cabin crew are allowed to ask other passengers to help.
However, IATA (International Aviation Transport Association) has released multiple updated additions of the Guidance on Unruly Passengers Prevention and Managment, since 2013, which outlines definitions of unruly passengers, incident motivators, training and awareness and procedural guidance.
The document states, “Cabin crew are in a unique position to deal with the unruly passenger problem, as they are not able to escape the situation or to call authorities for assistance on board during flight.”
Intoxication is partly to blame for rise in anger in the skies Of course, assaulting, threatening, intimidating or interfering with a crewmember can lead to restraints. But so can being drunk off one’s face and disruptive.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to restraining and dealing with disorderly passengers, it is universally imperative that the safety of all those on board is put first.
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Oh, the irony: Clipboard fiasco forces plane to make emergency landing

Posted by - February 28, 2018

A PLANE had to make an emergency landing because of a safety error caused by the person in charge of safety.
The incident took place last October, but the report following an investigation led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has just revealed exactly what happened on the day of this major mess-up.
So, what happened?
Fact: Death by lightning or shark more likely than a plane crash Last year, a ground crew worker making safety pre-flight checks on a Jetstar aircraft before its departure from Auckland in New Zealand simply forgot he had placed his clipboard beside the engine.
But when the plane revved down the runway, everyone on board was made fully aware of this careless mistake as the clipboard shredded through the engine.
The worker in question admitted to placing the chipboard on the engine cowling covering to protect it from the wind and rain and intended on retrieving it but forgot.
To make matters worse, a second set of eyes noticed the clipboard as an aircraft dispatcher walked around the plane for final checks but he assumed the safety-checker would pop back to get it.
The ATSB’s investigation into foreign object damage involving an Airbus A320, at Auckland International Airport in October 2017 demonstrates that all staff working near aircraft need to be aware of their responsibilities when they find a foreign object.
— ATSB (@atsbinfo) February 26, 2018
However, the safety-checker assumed the dispatcher would grab it before dispatching the plan, perfectly illustrating the famous saying of, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me”.
While taxiing, other more vigilant members of the ground crew noticed scraps of the checklist paper on the wet ground. As the plane took off, the pilots were notified. It was then discovered that while the engines had churned out the paper, the metal clasp was still whirling around in there.
Netizens’ panties in a twist over Ural Airlines passenger ‘airing dirty laundry’ A short while after take-off, the pilots and ground crew made the decision to return to the airport.
“The presence of foreign object debris poses a significant threat to aircraft safety,” officials said in the report. “It has the potential to cause aircraft damage during critical phases of flight, costing airlines and airports millions of dollars each year,” they added.
The report also noted that since the incident, Jetstar has formally updated its dispatch procedure.
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This is why power banks can’t be packed with check-in luggage

Posted by - February 27, 2018

WE sometimes wonder why seemingly harmless power banks are not allowed to be packed with check-in luggage during flights, but an incident where a device caught fire in an airplane cabin earlier this week explains it all.
On Sunday (Feb 25), the cabin crew of a China Southern Airlines flight of a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai scrambled to evacuate passengers after a power bank caught fire in an overhead compartment.
In a statement on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the airlines said passengers were boarding flight CZ3539 when smoke and fire was seen coming from a passenger’s bag in the overhead bin, according to Channel News Asia.
The airline said the fire was doused with the help of a cabin crew member and a passenger, using a bottle of orange juice. Fortunately, the swift action prevented further damage.
It added the passenger who owned the bag was taken in by police for questioning while preliminary investigations found that the device was not in use at the time of the fire.
Power bank fire on board China Southern CZ3539, Feb 25 2018.
— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) February 25, 2018
After a three-hour delay, the passengers were boarded on another aircraft that left Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 2.53pm China time.
Power banks contain Lithium-ion batteries that are used in electronic devices such as handphones and laptops and personal mobility devices like e-scooters. Due to the fire risks, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has banned the items as cargo on passenger aircraft.
However, power banks are allowed in the cabin with restrictions on their quantities and are usually subject to inspection before passengers board a flight.
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AirAsia expands free in-flight Internet for passengers

Posted by - February 21, 2018

TRAVELERS will be delighted to know that low-cost carrier AirAsia has expanded free in-flight Internet for its passengers.
But there’s a catch.
The passengers have to be AirAsia BIG (AirAsia’s loyalty program) members.
The future of in-flight connectivity: Beyond passenger entertainment ROKKI was launched in 2014 for selected AirAsia flights (flight code AK) and since then, 44 aircraft have been equipped with the in-flight WiFi service. The service offers two plans: one for instant messaging, and the other for light Internet usage, priced at RM9 for 3MB and RM18 for 10MB respectively.
The AirAsia BIG offer allows its members to use 2MB worth of ROKKI’s instant messaging plan for access to WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, KakaoTalk, and Viber. All they need to do is connect to ROKKI Wi-Fi onboard and log in to the ROKKI portal using their AirAsia BIG login details to automatically redeem the plan.
Source: AirAsia BIG.
Keep in mind, however, that the quota is extremely limited so don’t expect to update Instagram or stream YouTube videos while the plane is cruising at 35,000 feet in the air. If you just need to reply e-mails or check in on your loved ones then the free in-flight WiFi service is pretty swell.
Also, do note that the service will automatically turn off when the aircraft is below 10,000 feet. And when flying within the territories of India, the Internet service will be switched off due to country regulations.
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Man’s ‘fart-ageddon’ episode leads to plane’s emergency landing

Posted by - February 21, 2018

DID YOU KNOW that flatulence is caused by a build-up of gas in the stomach? You probably did. But did you also know that the gas released from your bowels is full of all sorts disgusting particles, including feces?
With this knowledge, you’ll probably be outraged to discover that a passenger on a Transavia Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam caused the plane to make an emergency landing after he brazenly continued to pass foul smelling wind, despite pleas from other passengers to stop.
A #wind of change blew over the @transavia's #Dubai to #Amsterdam flight #ChemicalAttack #Fart #Plane #Fartitude
— Sofiane (@eerymind) February 20, 2018
The eye-watering event occurred last weekend on a Transavia Airline flight from Dubai to Amsterdam, which takes around eight hours.
The two Dutchmen who were sat next to the flatulent passenger reported the bowel movements of their fellow passenger to the cabin crew, but apparently little was done to get the cabin smelling of roses again.
It is reported that the gassy passenger unapologetically refused to stop farting throughout the flight. However, his fellow passengers weren’t going to let this outright rudeness spoil their flight and alas, a fight broke out to settle the discrepancy.
Want to avoid jetlag and flatulence while flying? Follow these tips Despite a warning from the pilot, which we imagine sounded something like this, “You three in the back, stop fighting, or else I’m going to turn this plane around”, the men continued to try and resolve the issue with their fists, but to no avail.
The plane made an emergency landing at Vienna airport where police waited to remove two women and two men that the pilot reported as “passenger on the rampage’, Metro reports.
The two women insist they had nothing to do with the altercation and are now attempting to sue the airline over the “humiliating” removal.
Family sues Transavia airlines after fart fight got them kicked off the plane
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 21, 2018
“We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up,” Nora Lachhab, a 25-year-old law student and one of the removed told De Telegraaf.
All detained passengers have since been released without charge but are banned from flying Transavia in the future.
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AirAsia boss tells baggage handlers to “kiss the bags”

Posted by - February 19, 2018

THOUSANDS of travelers each day say a little prayer as they watch their luggage disappear on the check-in conveyor belt, and for good reason.
Considering the videos that have emerged of baggage handlers mistaking bags for soccer balls, it is nothing short of a miracle if your baggage turns up on the carousel intact and on time.
Recently, two All Nippon Airways (ANA) ground staff were recorded offloading bags from an aircraft and were highly praised for the gentle manner in which they did so.
Manuseio de mala no Japão
Flagrante no aeroporto no Japão mostra como realmente os japoneses tratam a sua mala……..muitas vezes melhor que você mesmo
Posted by Nihongo Wakaranai on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Now another video has surfaced, this time with AirAsia Berhad’s Group CEO Tony Fernandes asking his baggage handlers to be extra careful while handling the holdall luggage.
In mobile footage shared on Facebook by one of the AirAsia staff, Fernandes is seen asking his airline staff to “Look after bags better, ok?”.
When a ‘Fragile’ sticker is ignored: Easy-peasy ways to protect your luggage He also says he receives emails every day about the state of baggage after a flight.
Fernandes then goes on to emphasize the importance of looking after baggage and asks the employees to “kiss the bags”.
In the video entitled, “Thank you big boss Tony. Best boss”, dozens of employees can be seen stood around listening to Fernandes’ announcement which also touched upon sick leave figures needing to decrease, going to the gym and ultimately being happy.

Posted by Mohd Jefri on Thursday, February 15, 2018
The video has been shared over 10,000 times since it was uploaded last Thursday.
However, whether the pleas of Fernandes will be met or not, will be revealed as future baggage graces the luggage carousel.
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Travel hacks: What the cabin crew can advise you about flying

Posted by - February 15, 2018

“THIS IS YOUR SEATBELT. To fasten, insert the metal tip into the buckle and tighten the belt by pulling on the buckle strap. To unfasten..”
Hassle vs necessity: is travel insurance really worth the extra cost? The cabin crew’s roles are often overlooked because some passengers liken them to being “wait staff in the air”. Of course, their job scope is more than just serving you hot meals or getting you a glass of white wine and cleaning up after you.
They’re also trained to handle security issues (unruly passengers, bomb threats, hijacking) very seriously, are armed with first aid knowledge to attend to medical emergencies and help save lives if needed, on top of “waiting” on you and juggling their responsibilities for the welfare of the passengers, the aircraft and the crew.
So when it comes getting tips on making the most out of your flight, who better to ask than the people who fly day in, day out? From staying healthy to staying comfortable, we asked some cabin crew for some travel hacks to make your flying experience better.
Pick your seat If you’re a light sleeper, it’s best to avoid sitting at the back of the plane as the ride could be a little bumpy. That having said, back row seats have more recline, is closer to the galley and therefore easier to get service, and people in the back row usually board the plane first so they get first dibs on the overhead compartment.
Pack a cabin luggage Instead of trying to force everything into a large hand carry (backpack or handbag), consider dividing your belongings into a small hand carry and a cabin luggage. Not only will it open up more space in your seating area, it will also allow you travel a little lighter, in the sense that you won’t have to strain your shoulders lugging an overloaded hand carry around with you.
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Avoid potential theft And on that note, store your cabin luggage in the overhead compartment across from your seat instead of the one right above your head. This will keep your cabin luggage within view and allow you to keep an eye on your belongings so that it doesn’t get stolen.
Lounge in your jammies If you’re going to pack a cabin luggage, this is easy to do. It’s useful to pack a spare set of comfortable clothing and change into them once you’re in the plane. Be sure to add your jammies or some loose-fitting clothes into your packing list. Throw in a cozy pair of socks or slippers, while you’re at it.
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Ask and you shall receive For full-service airlines, there’ll always be a first aid kit and other amenities on board. If you need a plaster, ear plugs, eye mask or sanitary products, don’t be too shy to ask. If you’ve got kids in tow, feel free to ask your cabin crew for activity books and crayons or mini board games to keep them occupied.
Fill up and drink up The price of a bottle of water at the airport or on a low-cost airline can be pretty expensive. Although you can’t bring bottled water through the security checkpoint, a good alternative would be bringing an empty bottle then filling it up at a water fountain at the gate or when you’re in the plane. Flying dehydrates you so drink lots of water before, during and after a flight.

Treat yourself Long-haul flights can be a pain and it can take a toll on anyone, even frequent flyers. But it’s also the best time to treat yourself, so take the opportunity to catch up on your skincare regime and put on a face mask to help keep your skin hydrated.
Bring your own If you happen to have mini bottles of alcohol lying around at home (you know, the hotel mini bar-sized ones), pack them in your hand carry. A tiny alcohol bottle is usually 1.7 ounces and travelers are allowed to bring as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (including alcohol) that will fit in a quart-sized plastic bag. Just remember to be discreet about making and drinking your cocktail.
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Get it tagged Another under-the-radar benefit that you might not know about is the priority baggage tag. Ask for one at the check-in counter and you may be able to pick up your luggage earlier at the baggage claim as the tag tells baggage handlers to prioritize unloading and delivery.
Opt for transit Flights with one or more transits are not only usually cheaper, but it can also take the stress (and the swollen feet and ankles) out of the long-haul journey. So get up during your stopover, stretch your legs, take a walk, or freshen up if you need to. Maybe connect to the airport WiFi to check in with your loved ones or social media, even?
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