- Wear a mask.
- Carry sanitizing wipes (and clean all those surfaces you touch on a plane).
- Use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Bring your own blanket and pillow.
- Stay hydrated.
- Choose a window seat.
Many travelers suffer from flight anxiety, which can feel like a huge hurdle to overcome when planning a trip, but travelers also face other anxieties, such as fear of catching an illness or fear of turbulence.
If you worry about catching the flu, COVID or other illnesses while traveling, there are things you can do that would have labeled you as a “germaphobe” in the past. Now it is quite acceptable to take extra precautions when it comes to your health. A few things that will help protect you include:
Flying is one of the safest ways to travel - a 2020 U.S. study showed that 0.8% of transportation fatalities were airplane-related compared to 94% that were highway-related.1 Still, aerophobia is quite real and can be a major hindrance for some travelers. Here are several ways you can ease your anxiety before and during your flight:
While it can be scary, it is rare to be injured in flight due to turbulence. From 2009 to 2021, there were 30 passengers and 116 crew members seriously injured because of turbulence out of the millions of people who fly every year.5
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