Your Travel Worries: Germs, Turbulence, and Weather
October 21, 2017
Sneezing. Coughing. Sniffling. There's not much worse than settling into your seat on a plane next to someone who is obviously ill. Well, that is until you hit serious turbulence and struggle to calm your nerves.
Being on a plane -- a.k.a. a confined space -- with 100-plus people for hours on end makes it difficult not to focus on the negatives like a seatmate with a cold or icy conditions at the airport.
In a survey* of travelers, Honeywell found that nearly half of the respondents believed the air in an aircraft cabin can make you sick, turbulence will cause an accident, weather causes delays, and the summer is the safest season to travel. While many of the above are myths, people continue to worry.
Top Flying Worries:
1. Weather causes flight delays (47%)
2. Recirculated air in a plane spreads germs and viruses (44%)
3. The turbulence will cause the plane to crash (32%)
However, you don't need to worry nearly as much as they do -- and technology on aircraft is a big reason.
To put the safety of air travel into perspective, there is a greater chance of dying in a car crash (1 in 7,700) than a plane crash (1 in 2,067,000). In fact, you have a greater chance of dying at work (1 in 49,000) than a lot of other things. So maybe it's time to schedule that vacation!
Germs in recirculated air? Not really. That is, if your plane is outfitted with a modern environmental control system (ECS) designed by Honeywell. The modern ECS will keep the cabin pressure comfortable, scrubbing the air regularly of toxins, microbes, molds, viruses, and even smells. If you get sick right after a flight, the pathogens likely came from you touching the same hard surface as that sneezing passenger, or the person who sat in the seat before you. Find out more about Honeywell's ECS and other technologies helping make flights more enjoyable here.
* Honeywell commissioned YouGov to conduct a survey of 2,410 US adults to determine what makes them frustrated and most excited about flying.