Is Flying Killing You?

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If you love to travel then odds are pretty high that you’ll be doing a good amount of flying to get to lots of destinations.

I never really thought about whether or not flying could be bad for you. The New York Post writes that, “flying might be slowly killing you“.

Besides making me really sleepy, I wouldn’t think that flying is actually bad for you but the Post points out various reasons why it might just be.

The article mentions health issues which might be caused from being exposed to “air contaminated by engine oil and other aircraft fluids — which is what you’re breathing in when you’re traveling on a plane“.

Health issues can be headaches, dizziness, breathing & vision problems, hearing loss, cardiovascular disease and more.

When we fly we’re 100 times more likely to catch a cold. I find this stat interesting. I can’t say that I recall catching colds from flying and I’d definitely say that I’ve done my fair share!

A 31 year-old flight attendant mentioned in the article left her job due to feeling physically and emotionally drained. She was “concerned about the recycled air she was breathing and was getting ear infections all the time“.

So what do you think- is flying slowly killing you?

Find out more from the New York Post here.

4 thoughts on “Is Flying Killing You?

  1. Every time the airlines gut their frequent flyer programs and call it an enhancement or improvement frequent flyers start laughing. Airlines are constantly gutting their frequent flyer programs. Therefore frequent fliers cannot stop laughing and may be laughing themselves to death.

  2. It sounds like you’re completely unaware of the extra radiation you get by flying. You have a slightly higher chance of getting cancer than the non-flying population. Radiation is invisible, and you can’t even feel you’ve been irradiated. It may not even be a killer for most of the traveling populace, but it’s real.

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