With the holiday travel season in full swing, we have all wondered before on planes, when someone sneezes beside you or behind you, what's the chances you'll sneeze, too. ABCs DAVID WRIGHT WITH TIPS... See More
With the holiday travel season in full swing, we have all wondered before on planes, when someone sneezes beside you or behind you, what's the chances you'll sneeze, too. ABCs DAVID WRIGHT WITH TIPS TO Protect yourself. Reporter: It's an inescapable fact one of the busiest travel times of the year also happens to be cold and flu season. Studies show travelers are at higher risk, as much as 20% more likely to catch something. Although not necessarily on the plane itself, surprisingly the cabin air is cleaner than what you'll find in most office buildings. Because it's circulated through hospital grade filters. But airplanes are still pretty germy environments. According to the centers for disease control the hot zone includes the row in front of you, the row behind you, and all of these areas here. The tray table, the seat pocket. Anywhere likely to have caught a sneeze. The airport with those crowded ticket counters, tsa check points and food courts is an even bigger place for disease. No air filters there, but plenty of coughs and sneezes. The best way to stay healthy, keep your hands clean. When you're traveling, that's an alcohol sanitizer. Reporter: A single sneeze produces 30,000 droplets, that can spread as far as six feet. Not exactly anyone's idea of spreading holiday cheer. David wright, abc news, los
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