This is why when I saw the New York Times article How Not to Get Sick From a Flight I immediately dropped everything and read it.
I already have a system that I believe helps keep me safe from germs on flights.
- I take Airborne before I go to the airport.
- I try not to touch things in the airport or airplane.
- Since it is impossible to not touch anything, I carry hand sanitizer with me.
- I try not to touch my face.
- I wash my hands as much as I can without having to enter gross public bathrooms. If I do have to go into public bathrooms I have another system to try and leave cleaner than I went in.
- Pray that the person sitting next to me isn't sick.
- Disposable face masks
- Antiseptic spritzers
- Airline seat covers
- Portable air purifiers (hangs around your neck)
- Nano UV scanners (uses ultraviolet light to kill germs on surfaces)
Although most of the article didn't give me tips I could use, it did give me a comforting new fact. Major airlines deep clean their planes once a month and do lighter cleanings more frequently than that. This made me happy because I didn't think they were deep cleaning those suckers at all.
Any other germaphobes out there? We've got to stand together...but not too close.