Flight secrets reveal the window seat to be the safest spot to avoid flu | Travel News | Travel

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Flights are one of the worst places to catch an illness due to the circulated air in the cabin.

Illnesses can be spread as people board the flight and breathe over other passengers.

Aussie flu is rapidly spreading across the UK with 48 hospitalised in the current outbreak, reported since October 2017.

But which seat on the flight are you most likely to be able to avoid catching the flu?

The window seat is apparently the best place to avoid catching anything from someone else due to it being away from people walking past.

This is because the seat “has less traffic by it”, according to Dr. Nicholas Testa.

She explained to ABC News that this also meant fewer people touching the headrest or arm of the chair as they manoeuvre their way down the cabin.

People who regularly choose the aisle seat may be more prone to illness and disease.

She explained why wiping down tray tables, boarding last and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can help stave off the flu from other passengers too.

Trying to avoid any airborne diseases can also be aided by keeping the air vent on.

This is because the flow of the air can create a barrier around the passenger, disrupting the air flow of the plane.

Dr Mark Gendreau, medical director at Lahey Medical Center-Peabody told Travel + Leisure: “As a rule of thumb, the air that you’re typically breathing and exposed to is usually anywhere from two to five rows surrounding your seat.”

Passengers with flu symptoms should avoid flying altogether because it could cause long-term injuries.

It can cause permanent hearing damage due to the changes in pressure.

As the plane ascends and descends, the ears pop which causes severe pain if they are swollen.

The NHS website advises against travelling with an “ear, nose or sinus infection”.