Germs on Commercial Planes

It’s a common occurrence to come down with a variety of illnesses after traveling on a commercial airliner. In fact, it’s so common that statistics show that commercial airliner passengers have up to a 20 percent higher risk for catching a cold than non-fliers. But there are ways to avoid this.


For instance, wear a surgical mask while flying commercially. Even jets with circulation systems shut those systems down for brief periods of time during boarding and deplaning. These short bursts of time offer plenty of opportunities for germs to multiply and infect passengers. Wearing a mask prevents passengers from breathing in airborne germs traveling through the stale cabin and from the coughing and sneezing of other passengers.

Passengers should also try not to touch anything, especially the tray tables, overhead compartment areas, armrests, and pillows and blankets. While it’s impossible to avoid touching some of these things, after all, passengers need to be able to put their belongings away, it’s a good rule of thumb to travel with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes for surfaces. This gets rid of a variety of germs from the common cold and influenza to nastier ones like E coli, MRSA, and H1N1.

Definitely bring sanitizing gels and wipes into the lavatory. Lavatories on commercial airliners are crawling with germs and often times washing one’s hands can actually be even worse than not washing as some water tanks on commercial jets are actually contaminated with E coli.

While it’s not the intent of commercial airliners to offer such germy conditions, with millions of passengers traveling every day from all corners of the globe, it’s just inevitable that flight crews would be unable to thoroughly disinfect each jet after every flight taken in a given day.

That’s where private jets come in.


While taking a private jet isn’t always an option for some people, for those who can take advantage of this service it is worth every penny.

From a health standpoint, private jets are infinitesimally cleaner. Private jets are cleaned thoroughly between flights. This means every surface is disinfected including the linens and upholstery, so when passengers sit down on a private jet they know that they are not entering into cesspools of germs.

These jets almost always have 100 percent fresh air circulating through them during every moment passengers are onboard, so this cuts down on airborne illnesses and reduces the nasal dryness and swelling that occurs on jets with re-circulated air, which can increase chances for infection.


Additionally, the number of passengers that come through the doors of a private jet are just a tiny fraction of those that fly commercially. Plus, passengers never fly with anyone they don’t know (other than the flight crew). This drastically cuts down on the chances of flying along with someone who has either the cold or flu.

Passengers also don’t need to worry about the water and food on private jets because in most instances they can bring their own or have it catered by smaller eateries, compared to the mass production companies servicing airlines. Beverages are almost always bottled, including the water.

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