The last thing you want when you head on vacation is to catch a nasty virus but trying to avoid germs in a public place, especially an airplane, can be tough. Luckily there’s an easy trick that can help you avoid catching a bug on your next flight: pick a window seat and stay put.
According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, moving around the cabin can actually spread germs more than just general air re-circulation. This means that a flight attendant is more likely to infect people than a sick passenger, due to how much they move around and touch things in the cabin.
Their research also showed that where you sit on a plane can determine how likely it is you will move around. 80 per cent of passengers who sit in the aisle seat, and 62 per cent of those in the middle seat, get up during their flights. For those who choose the window seat, only 43 per cent get up to walk around and expose themselves to more germs.
The study isn’t all bad news for germaphobes. Researchers found that on a flight of around 150 people, where one person is infectiously sick, only one person, on average, would end up leaving the flight infected. Those who are most likely to get sick are the 11 passengers seated on all sides of the sick one.
Next time you’re booking a flight, you’ll want to book the window seat for more reasons than just getting a great view!