Germs are a fact of life and most people would rather they didn’t exist. However, they’re out there – especially on commercial airliners.
When passengers board a commercial airliner they instantly have a 20 percent higher chance of catching a cold than they would if they had chosen any other means of travel. This is because the dry air in planes causes the mucous membranes of the nasal passageway to dry up and become more susceptible to germs.
Granted many airliners have air circulation systems that bind and trap these germs so that they don’t fly through the cabin infecting passengers, those same circulation systems are almost always off during some part of a trip, whether it’s boarding, deplaning, or waiting on the runway, and that’s when the germs attack.
In addition to the airborne germs, virtually all services on commercial jets are germy. This doesn’t just mean the virus for the common cold and flu is present, either. In fact, potentially deadly germs like E coli, MRSA, and H1N1 are all found regularly on commercial flights.
These germs can be found on the tray tables, arm rests, seatbelts, overhead luggage compartment, complimentary magazines in the seatback pockets, and lavatories.
That is why passengers on commercial airliners should always bring along hand sanitizing gels or lotions along with sanitizing wipes that can be used on some of the items that are necessary to be touched while on board.
Passengers also encouraged to not use the blankets and pillows offered on some flights because many times these items are not washed after being used.
Perhaps the most germ-filled area of the plane is just what passengers would think it’d be and that’s the lavatory. Lavatories are hotbeds of germs. There’s E coli, MRSA, H1N1, and fecal matter all throughout the lavatory on almost every jet.
To make matters worse, sometimes the water that comes out of the faucets in the lavatory also has E coli in it because stringent standards to protect the water are not generally taken leaving the tanks susceptible to contamination. That’s why passengers should definitely bring hand sanitizer along with them on their trips to the lavatory and forego hand washing to cut down on germ exposure.
By now you’re probably thinking that flying doesn’t seem like such a good idea, but that’s because you’re forgetting that private charter jets are much, much cleaner.
To begin with, unlike commercial airliners, private jets are cleaned thoroughly after each trip. That doesn’t just mean things are straightened out and wiped off with a damp cloth, either. It means that all surfaces including upholstery is disinfected, lavatories and galleys are fully cleaned, and crews even take the time to polish fixtures on the jet to add to the luxurious nature of private jet travel.
Furthermore, in comparison to commercial travel, which experiences millions of travelers every single day, only a small fraction of that amount travel privately. This means that jet charter passengers are less likely to come in contact with the numerous germs that their counterparts on commercial airliners do.
Another benefit to private jets is that many of them feature 100 percent fresh air in their air circulation systems, so stale air breathed over and over again by strangers is never a problem.
Lastly, passengers on private jets travel alone or with friends, family, or colleagues, and are not get exposed to the hundreds of strangers that commercial fliers have to contend with.
Knowing all this information, passengers on private jets can relax with the knowledge that they are traveling in a clean environment.
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