Airlines' dirty little secret

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57363326/airlines-dirty-little-secret/

    You've gotten through airport security, and you're settling in on the plane, confident that you're safe and sound.
    Not so fast.
    An investigation by a team from "The Doctors" TV show found that the filth on commercial airliners may truly be hazardous to your health.

    On "CBS This Morning: Saturday," Dr. Travis Stork, host of "The Doctors," had the dirt on the probe.He said unwashed blankets and pillows, unsanitary tray tables and soiled floors ranked high on the list of filthy cabin items.

    Stork stressed that he flies "virtually every week, so I don't want to overstate it to the point of saying it's dangerous to get on an airline.

    Read More: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57363326/airlines-dirty-little-secret/
     
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    It sounds as if it would be most dangerous to be Dr. Stork's seatmate.
     
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    Maybe it's time for us all to wear surgical masks on flights! lol
     
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    No surprise that Stork flies often, is it? :)
     
  5. If you get on any flight ex NRT you will see many many Japanese pax with those masks on. Some even wearthem sitting in the airline lounges
     
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    It's common for Japanese (and Koreans) to wear the masks during flu season, not just in airplanes but on the street and anywhere else people congregate.
     
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    You do have to wonder who actually needs that advice.
     
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    Yea I know! I think it is ridiculous but what can you do...
     
  9. sobore
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    This is the only way I will travel :D:

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    my buddy's girlfriend has been doing that for nearly 15 years when flying (mostly domestic), claims she never has become sick as a result of a flight.
    I personally have no plans to wear a mask while flying.
     
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    Me neither! I can't see those masks really working and what about when they eat during the flight? Don't they need to take off the mask!... lol
     
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    Disease-causing organisms are a bit smaller than the pores of the mask. I guess she's covered if someone spits in her face.
     
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    I think it's at least an attempt to be polite. More wear it so they don't spread their own germs than so that they won't get sick. I wish more Americans would wear masks... or at least learn to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. A few manners go a long way!
     
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    Of course, by wearing the mask you're depositing your saliva on a moist, warm object poised over your mouth that is likely to become somewhat uncomfortable, prompting you to scratch/adjust it. This adjustment then deposits pathogens on your hands, which then deposit them on whatever you touch. Not really convinced that the masks have any positive effect.
     
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    I would love to see you going through TSA :)
     

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