That's it though. Not before, and definitely not once the plane lands and begins taxiing. This is scientifically unique headache that isn't experienced anywhere else in the wide and wonderful spectrum of thoughts and desires we call human existence, except when you're sitting in a large jet during the last 5 minutes of a flight.
Where to begin?
Here's how the travel health study was conducted. The researchers sent out a headache-related questionnaire to a bunch of people who fly, presumably asking whether they get headaches when they fly. Then some people who once remembered getting headaches responded, and then they described their headaches. The researchers took the common features between all of those stories and saidlookhere's a new type of headache.
This is where we pause to note that compiling common features from experiences is how UFO researchers end up announcing that "people all over the world describe alien abductions the same way." That's the reason we don't do science that way.
Anyway the researchers declared that they've discovered a new type of headache. They emphasized that it needed to be studied more - by themselves and their colleagues, natch - and held out hope that they might be able to prescribe a specific treatment. So if you get a headache on an airplane, ummm, be sure to let them know.
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