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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.

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