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Travel Tip: How Clean is the Air On Board Airplanes?

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For years, whenever I traveled overseas, I was always advised to never drink the water.

I was also warned about the quality of the air in airplane cabins.

It’s one thing to consciously avoid drinking water in foreign locations.

But you can’t simply stop breathing on an airplane.

Well, there’s now reason to inhale.

A recent European study, which monitored the air quality on 69 separate flights, determined that the air on board these planes was less polluted than that in office buildings, schools, and even residences.

The air that you breathe on your flight enters the plane through the engine before it comes in contact with burning fuel, and that fresh air is then mixed with existing air in the cabin and then recirculated throughout the plane.

The European Safety Agency Air Quality study is, for the moment, good news for passengers.

But there’s one thing you do need to keep in mind.

At altitude, the air coming into the cabin is very dry, so it’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water.

Hydration is key, not just in terms of air quality, but in making it a healthier flight overall.

The more water you drink, the less your chance—at least in my experience—of getting serious jet lag.

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