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Updated: Jun 15, 2021


Every form of satisfaction brings its level of peril. From entertainment and technology to lifestyle and even travel are some of the noteworthy areas to consider. Flying has made traveling a whole lot much easier but as with other factors that make life easy, it comes with its challenges. Flight delay, getting a seat when overbooking occurs or missing flight connections are common challenges encountered in this mode of transportation. Another peculiar challenge facing this travel industry is the hosting of germs.

Airplanes are known to be carriers of germs as a result of numerous factors. Does this spell all gloom and doom to the average passenger and what can you do in protecting yourself from airplane germs? Here is what you need to know. First, identifying the factors contributing to airport germs will put you in a great position to maintain your hygiene levels.

Sources of germs

One of the major germ contributors is the large population that travels daily. The hygiene level of such a crowd can hardly be controlled as expected. This includes cleaning staff on the ground who have very much work to complete over a short period.

Things to avoid

• Touching your face or putting your fingers in your mouth

Virtually everyone uses their fingers in the elevators, control panels around the airport facility, touch-screen buttons on multimedia devices. The finger can easily pick up germs by any of these activities. Hence it is necessary to avoid putting your fingers in your mouth at any given time. It is also advisable to use your first knuckle instead of the finger to push buttons. For that, avoid rubbing your eyes with your first knuckle till you have adequately sanitized it.

• Breathing in-cabin air-filled germs

One way to do this is by directing the air vent to filter the air around you. This is quite important as flight passengers convey germs as they might be suffering from a cough or flu. It is best to take cover and protect oneself when someone sneezes.

• Hand contact with everything coming your way

Avoiding hand contact with everything coming your way is a nearly impossible feat. The uncertainty of not knowing how often these parts are being cleaned makes it even more challenging. Some of the airplane parts are unavoidable to touch such as the passenger's seatbelt, armrest, seat pocket, and even tray tables. As some parts require touching to use, you will have to limit the physical contact you have with them and use sanitizers frequently.

Things you must do

• Always Travel with disinfecting cleaning wipes ( We like Clorox or the Lysol disinfecting wipes as they can Kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours). You can use them to wipes your seat, armrest, seatbelt, tray table, plane windows, etc.

• While handwashing with water and soap should be prioritized make sure to also have hand sanitizer handy when you Travel. A brand containing at least 70% alcohol (mainly ethyl alcohol) will be best as they kill 99.9% of the bacteria on hands 30 seconds after application.

As long as it is an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 70% or above alcohol content you should be good to go.

• If your flight requires sleeping, it is advisable to bring your own convenient travel pillow, along with a blanket.

• Use a face mask when you suspect individuals around you are sick.

• Don't forget to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.

When you apply these tips, you will be protecting yourself from airplane germs and reduce your chances of falling ill.