Ever since Britney Spears released her “Toxic” music video I have been searching all of the travel websites for that exact airline. The closest thing I got was a flight to Cancun on AeroMexico with two shots of tequila. And I have to tell you, those flight attendants weren’t nearly as hot as Britney but the fact that they gave me one free shot made the flight entertaining.
So just when I thought nothing could be better than free tequila on an airplane, leave it to the measles to come in and ruin everything. It all started on a flight from Asia to San Francisco in February. The news reported that one contagious individual on that flight was responsible for the outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all the outbreaks in 2019 have been linked to travelers who carried the virus from countries with lower vaccination rates and affected people who were not vaccinated.
First of all, an important thing to note is that the individuals who were infected were not vaccinated. And although measles is considered one of the most contagious viruses in the world, you’re more likely to catch influenza, which according to the Journal of Environmental Health Research, is 113 times more likely to be transmitted on a plane than on the ground in your normal daily life. Second, and most importantly, we should take better precautions to avoid getting sick and become more aware of the symptoms of these types of viruses.
With that being said, airplanes are filthy places. Reports show that the average tray table has more germs than the toilet seat at your favorite bar. Other germy spots on an airplane include seatbelt buckles, seatback pockets, and the top of your actual seat. If you’re Latina, now is the time to put your mom’s cleaning habits to good use. Bust out your Clorox Bleach and take these small steps to decrease your chances of having an illness-free vacation.