With the recent Ebola scare in my home town of Dallas, I have been privy to a lot of conversation regarding the spread of germs.
I recently overheard a man comment about air travel, mocking passengers for worrying about catching an illness.
“Don’t be silly!” he laughed. “You hardly ever see or come into contact with another passenger’s bodily fluids.”
I disagree. You might not come into contact with another traveler’s bodily fluids; however, there are definitely opportunities for sharing on every flight.
Let’s see how saliva presents itself in flight. How would you like to be stuffed in a middle seat next to this guy:
One good head shake and you are wiping slobber off of your face! Human saliva is 99.5 percent water with the additional 0.5 percent containing mucus, enzymes, electrolytes, proteins, and other compounds. Don’t think drool is common on the plane?
Let’s go in for a close-up:
I want you to meet Dave.
Dave is getting married in two weeks. His buddies threw him an awesome bachelor party in Vegas last night. Problem is they booked an earlier flight back home the next morning to save money.
Vomiting on a plane is more common than one would think. If you think the passengers sitting next to Dave didn’t get splashed with bodily fluids, guess again. It’s hard to contain the spray of a forceful vomit or dry heave. Vomiting is also a spectator sport. If I had been sitting near Dave, just the mere sound of his heaving would have had me sympathy vomiting right along with him.
Then there are the passengers that like to take care of their own bodily fluids:
We all know this guy. He was the kid that was first to eat Play Dough in preschool. He advanced to sampling Elmer’s glue in elementary school, and graduated from high school with honors in ear wax rolling and booger analysis.
Here he is now, a grown adult, enjoying all the delicacies his face has to offer while sitting in first class. I’m going to take a guess and bet that he didn’t get up to wash his hands during flight.
How well do you think the airline disinfects before the next flight boards? I sure wouldn’t want to be the next passenger sitting in that seat!
Drunk passengers like to share their bodily fluids, too:
Alarming that the airline would allow this passenger to drink that much on a flight!
Do you still think airline passengers, or even train and bus passengers, are unlikely to encounter body fluids? If this story wasn’t enlightening enough, you may want to read this article with actual consumers who had to endure sitting with someone else’s excrement.
What are some bodily fluids you have experienced on flights?