Basic Lessons from Elementary School Can Keep You Healthy at the Airport
This week hasn't started off on the right foot at all for some airlines, with tales of measles in airports and bed bugs on British Airways. Unfortunately being assigned a bed bug-ridden seat on a flight isn't something you can actively prevent happening, but contracting sicknesses at the airport? There are ways to avoid that, and they're simple as pie.
We've surely weirded you out with tales of the The Top 10 Gross Things People Do on Airplanes and even more gross stuff people do on airplanes, but hold tight for a moment. The key to staying healthy while in transit is mostly about being aware and speaking up when you need to (like if someone tries to rest their bare foot on your airplane seat's armrest, especially after they've returned from the lavatory).
Of course bringing Purell or handiwipes onboard and giving your meal tray a once-over will help, but many times your health is already compromised before passing through the jetway. Sitting near someone coughing in the waiting area? Move. Cover your own coughs with your arm and frequently wash your hands. Don't drink from the water fountains outside the restrooms. Pack an orange for a flight snack instead of pop and chips, for an extra boost of Vitamin C.
Really there's no need to be paranoid about germs; most of this is basic stuff you get taught in elementary school. But seriously though...if there are bed bugs crawling on your seat, you are well within your rights to contact a flight attendant and be seated elsewhere or upgraded ;).
[Photo: kyle simourd]