Plenty of us have been grossed out when flying on a plane before. Many tourists have shared disturbing snaps of fellow passengers with their barefoot out or posted about nappies being changed on tray tables.
It seems like almost anything goes in the cabin of a commercial flight; even if it leaves many of us wrinkling our noses in disgust.
Well, one bloke recently shared his story of the "worst" 14 hour flight he ever took. Troy Nankervis told news.com.au all about how he ended up stuck for a full day on a flight next to a sick holidaymaker.
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At 38,000ft while heading from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, he was horrified when he realised that the woman had a serious cold. After years of washing hands and avoiding coughing because of Covid-19 it must have come as a nasty shock – especially because he thought she had the flu.
Troy commented: "Her violent head cold conjured up every possible scenario that could play out over the next 14 hours, the worst one being that I’d catch her cold and miss the bulk of my holiday.
"Part of me descended deeper into despair when the woman produced a roll of toilet paper from her bag in a futile attempt to stop the flow, blowing her nose loudly, and then stuffing the used tissues in the pocket below her tray table, which was coincidentally inches away from me."
Unfortunately, for Troy, he was also trapped in the window seat. When he did have to exit the row to use the loo he "brushed past" the tissues hoping he wasn’t going to pick up the sickness.
Sadly, he was unable to swap seats as the flight was full so tried to make do with wearing a face mask and hand sanitiser. However, when food was handed out he had to risk taking his mask off to dine.
He said he ate while "leaning as far as I could into the window side of my seat" before putting his face mask back on. He added: "I am also being a little bit dramatic about the entire situation, because I landed in Dubai and continued on my journey without any viruses catching a free ride."
However, plenty of people aren’t so lucky and do pick up illnesses while on a plane. One of the ways that flight attendants and experts advise passengers to avoid getting sick is by not touching the dirtiest parts of the plane.
Anton Radchenko, Travel expert and founder ofAirAdvisor, told Daily Star: "Tray tables in-flight are often used as a surface for eating food, resting personal items, or working on a laptop, but they are rarely disinfected between flights.
"Studies have shown that airlines’ onboard tray tables can harbour more bacteria than the airplane's bathroom or even the overhead air vent. Containing 2,155 bacteria colony-forming units (CFU) per square inch –eight times more than the airplane’s toilet flush button."
He added: "Airlines' seat pockets are often used to store used tissues, food wrappers and other trash that can harbour harmful bacteria and viruses. It's a good idea to bring disinfectant wipes and clean these surfaces before using them to reduce your exposure to harmful germs and bacteria."
Previously, flight attendants have also warned passengers to avoid touching theair vents or seat pocketsas they are rarely cleaned. Plus, they say that the 'water' on the cabin flooris not actually water .
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