FOLLOW THESE TIPS WHEN YOU NEXT JET OFF...
DO Bring hand sanitiser
An investigation showed that, on average, airlines only cleaned their blankets once every 30 days. Unless they’re visibly soiled, the blankets are just re-issued in new plastic packaging.**
DON’T Drink the tea
You’ll never see a flight attendant doing this – they know the water comes from an on-board tap, sourced from the plane’s tank, and that (often stagnant) water can be revolting. According to a 2004 study of 158 planes, 13% of them had coliform bacteria in their water. ***
DO Wipe your tray table down
The most germ-ridden place on a plane? Your tray table, which has more than EIGHT TIMES the amount of germs per square centimetre than the flush button on the toilet. The toilets get cleaned – but there’s rarely time to wipe the tables.
DON’T Watch sad movies
Avoid like the plague. Studies have shown that spending time at altitude can increase negative emotions and affect people’s ability to deal with stress.