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Beware Disease Transmission On Aircraft

- 9:20 PM

Traveling by plane is certainly more practical and comfortable. However, have you ever felt very uncomfortable and claustrophobic when riding an airplane? In addition to having to share cramped quarters around the seat, especially in the bathroom with someone you do not know, you would be breathing air that is not clear levels of cleanliness. Because, surely there will be passengers who are sick with the flu or cough.

The plane does provide comfort for the passengers, compared to other transportation, but it turned out plane also a favorite place to germs scattered. In a study by experts, there is mentioned that airline passengers will experience a high risk for developing the disease when he was on the plane.

The most risky thing is when the holiday, when there plane full of passengers, where the passengers are from children to adults. Where the problem will spread germs, bacteria, and viruses with the passengers. The place closed in the absence of air circulation causes high risk of the spread of disease in the plane.

Although the aircraft is equipped with air filters that are useful for capturing / cleaning particles carrying bacteria and viruses, but the problem is when the engines were shut down, automatically the air filtering devices also will stop working. While such germs and bacteria can multiply freely.

At a research study in 1979, there have concluded that when the plane stopped for three hours, with the engine and air conditioner (AC), which also died, 72 percent of the 54 people on board got sick two days later. For that reason, in 2003 the Federal Aviation Administration issued a regulation to airlines to immediately evacuate passengers if the air for 30 minutes in a state with no air circulation.

The threat of disease risk is greatest to come from the nose, mouth, and hands of passengers sitting next to each other. In a study mentioned that the infection can spread from the two seats beside, in front and rear. Research also shows that the disease can spread easily in the aircraft cabin. On a long-haul flights in 2009, researchers found the spread of bird flu. And about 2 percent of passengers infected with bird flu, which originated from a passenger. And worse, a week later 5 percent of the passengers was also attacked by bird flu.

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