Why you really get sick on planes – and how to prevent it

imagesbIf you’re about to fly somewhere for Christmas, you’re probably dreading the possibility that you’ll catch a bug along the way. And with good reason: Many people come down with something nasty in the days following an airplane flight. Why does this happen, and how can you keep yourself from getting sick?

A couple I met on a plane flight prompted me to find out. I met Tom and Nancy some years back on a trip from Boston to Phoenix. The two of them were on their way to San Francisco to visit with Tom’s sister for the week. A few seconds after we’d introduced ourselves, the smell of antiseptic drew my attention away from the baggage handlers on the tarmac loading luggage into the belly of the plane; each of my row-mates was armed with a disinfectant wipe. Tom was busy wiping down his tray table, and Nancy had already moved on to dabbing purposefully at her seat’s headrest. I asked if she brought cleaning supplies on all her plane flights.

“Our doctor recommended it to us a few years ago,” she said as she reached for her clutch bag, withdrew a powder-blue face mask and began looping its elastic straps over her ears. “We’ve been bringing wipes on all our plane flights ever since.”

And the mask, I ask her. What is that for? “It’s to help filter the air,” she explained from behind the mask, its pleats expanding slightly as she mouthed-out her word. “The air you’re breathing is being recirculated through the cabin — we’re all breathing one another’s air.

“It’s disgusting,” she concluded as she reached back into her bag and pulled out two more masks. She handed one to Tom and presented the other to me. “Would you like one?”

Do we have to turn into Nancy and Tom to stay healthy on a plane flight? Yes and no.

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How to survive holiday travel

imagesThere’s not much good news for fliers this Thanksgiving. Airports will be packed, planes will have few — if any — empty seats and you might sit apart from a loved one, unless you pay extra.

During the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 25.1 million people are projected to fly, an increase of 1.5 percent from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group.

That would make this the busiest year since 2007, when an estimated 26 million people flew over the holiday period.

The busiest travel day will be Sunday, Dec. 1, with an estimated 2.56 million passengers, followed by Wednesday, Nov. 27, with 2.42 million passengers. In case you were wondering, the slowest travel day is Thanksgiving itself, with just 1.44 million people expected to fly.

But don’t fret, there are some things you can do — in some cases paying a little extra — to make your trip more pleasant, or to at least buffer the damage if something goes wrong.

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Traveler’s Rights!

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You’ve planned your vacation carefully, packed only the essentials, and double-locked the front door, only to find out that … your flight is canceled, the airline lost your luggage and your hotel room is not exactly what you expected. I found this article to be very helpful and informative! You do have rights. 

We have put together the best tips to protect your rights as a traveler, including how to get your luggage back, how to get your flight re booked and how to negotiate compensation when things go really, really wrong.

If you get bumped from a flight
Airlines are legally allowed to sell more seats than they have, to hedge against no-shows. Most passengers give up seats willingly in exchange for cash or travel. Because this is a problem that just won’t go away, the Department of Transportation has raised the compensation for passengers who are bumped, or, in DOT parlance, “involuntarily denied boarding,” and requires an airline offer cash on the spot to victims — not just a travel voucher.

But some passengers are bumped from their flights before they even get to the gate. You’re more likely to be bumped if:

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How to Pass Time at an Airport: 17 steps (with pictures)

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Dec 12, 2012

Being stuck at an airport, especially big ones, can be an unpleasant experience for you in many ways. You can hardly move because of the enormous crowds, temperatures have rocketed, and your arms are aching because of the amount of luggage you have been carrying around. All this and then you discover that your flight is going to be delayed for a long time. Thankfully, there are ways to pass the time.

Think ahead. Before you depart for the airport, prepare for the possibility of a delay and make sure to pack some things to keep you busy and comfortable should the inevitable happen. For example, a tablet computer, a book, a portable music player, a handheld games console, or maybe a puzzle book. A watch is also a must. Children can become extremely impatient waiting around, keep them amused and entertained with a coloring book, or possibly a story book and don’t forget their favorite toy!

Be sure to Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and a facecloth. Being able to freshen up when trapped in a crowded airport can really make a difference and lift your mood. Be certain to carry your cell phone charger, it’s always important to keep your phone charged up and ready to go. You may want to have a separate small backpack or purse to keep things that you can easily take out in the airport.

 

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Taking a Winter Vacation?

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Are you planning a vacation this winter, or just going to Grandma’s for the holidays?  Don’t forget to PLAN first!  Winter brings a whole different set of challenges when traveling.  Whether you are traveling by air or car there will be many “inconveniences” along the way.  Among them are flight delays, missed connections and cancellations, full flights and overstuffed overhead compartments.

Road travelers face road closures, traffic accidents, road hazards like ice and snow.  That’s where a little planning will smooth out some of the bumps of winter travel.  If you are flying, book early.  I can’t say that loud enough or often enough, book early!  Try to avoid the “crunch” days before the holiday, if possible.  By doing this you are less stressed if you do get “bumped”, “cancelled”, or “delayed” (you also fight smaller crowds)  Carry a minimum number of bags which will save time in security lines and baggage charges.  Ship your gifts ahead of your trip and your baggage also, if you can’t “travel light”.

If your trip involves driving, leave early enough to avoid delays due to weather or other traffic problems.  The Winter season is considered to be the most dangerous season to travel by car.  Make sure to have your car checked, “bumper-to-bumper” and it is in “peak” condition for a trip.  Plan a couple of different routes in case your trip is interrupted by weather.  Check the weather at your destination also, to help you pack the right gear. 

You should always carry a safety kit in your car which would include items like first aid kit, car charger, tow rope, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets, matches, flashlight, candles, sand (to help with traction) and FOOD!  When I was growing up a local TV weather man used to say “always put a jar of peanut butter in your trunk in November and leave it there until April” 

Here is a video that contains a great idea.  Build a “Winter Box” for your car.

 

 

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Travel Secrets!

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This book could save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip.  Here is what author James Steubing has to say about his book: ” I get so mad when I try to book a flight or plan a vacation. I don’t know about you, but the cost of a decent vacation is a lot more than I can usually afford, but I know we need vacations to recharge our batteries and enjoy one on one time with our family.

In addition to the outrageous hotel, airfare and cruise prices, you still have to wade through a sea of bogus claims, confusing package deals and tons of travel sites just to find a price you can live with. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out!
Well, after three years of exhaustive research, I have compiled a “tell all” guide that will show you, in great detail, how to travel for much less than normal (up to 50% to 90% off, sometimes even for free) and get more bang for your hard-earned buck.”

 Click on this link to find out more.

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Cruise industry implements lifeboat-training program on all ships

The Cruise Lines International Association and the European Cruise Council have announced their adoption of a new training policy on lifeboats. The Life Boat Loading for Training Purposes policy takes effect immediately and requires crew on all member ships to undergo a launching and full-loading procedure for a lifeboat at least once every six months. “We remain fully committed to exploring further enhancements in a number of areas that will add to the industry’s excellent safety record,” said CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy.

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American is the first US airline to replace all paper manuals with iPads in its cockpits

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that pilots on American Airlines flights would be allowed to use iPads for the “electronic flight bag,” replacing the last bit of paper that pilot deal with, such as when flying below 10,000 feet.

Until now, pilots were required to carry 35 pounds of printed manuals, aviation regulations, and other paperwork to fly any jetliner.

Previous efforts in the past couple of years, such as Alaska Airlines’ move to replace paper flight manuals with iPads and United’s handing of pilots iPads to use as navigational tools, have been steps toward the complete replacement of paper.

Oddly, the FAA will continue to prevent passengers from using iPads (and similar electronic devices) during take-off and landing — precisely when the pilots will be using their iPads as flight manuals.
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Poll finds most business travelers prefer smartphones while on the go

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Smartphones top the list of devices preferred by business travelers while away from the office, surpassing tablets, music players and laptops, a survey conducted by Four Points by Sheraton found. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they check e-mails and alerts on their smartphones as soon as they wake up, while 54 percent say they turn on their smartphones as soon as their airplane lands.

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United Airlines to install “skinny” seats

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It’s not what you think. The seats will not get “less wide”. According to the Los Angeles Times article United Airlines is installing seats not as “deep”, made of a lighter material, and would enable them to add an extra row.

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