Alas, the curve is flattening, the virus pandemic seems to be subsiding but are we completely in the clear, especially when it comes to traveling? In a word, NO. In a time of social distancing and avoiding confined spaces, naturally air travel is cause for concern. The air we breathe in most airplane cabins are recycled and polluted air, making it easy for germs and viruses to spread. As a matter of fact, according to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFACWA), there are no federal requirements set in place to require airplanes to have an air purifier installed on aircrafts. And those that do, are not federally regulated to ensure they are cleaned and maintained properly. This means that the air in many airplane cabins may not be filtered or cleaned, exposing you to all kinds of harmful particles. I know, this was shocking to us as well!
Why Is The Air On The Airplane So Bad For Your Health?
In a word, lots of TOXINS!
Most of the air in an airplane is recycled air, which means you and your closest 300+ passenger “friends” are inhaling and exhaling each others microscopic particles.
Our breath and digestive system alone contains all kinds of gases and vapors that’s released into the air. We’re also constantly shedding skin particles that can serve to transport bacteria and viruses. Water droplets from our breath, sneeze or cough can transport bacteria and viruses into the air. In addition, you’re also inhaling all of the different fumes from engine fuel, pesticides, cologne, perfume, foods and a host of other fumes. While most aren’t cause for concern in small amounts when outdoors in a well ventilated space, it’s a different story when in a small incubated cabin, like an airplane.
Types Of Harmful Toxins The Airplane
According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main airplane cabin air toxins are:
- Communicable or airborne diseases from passengers who are ill
- Pressurization change that affect cabin air circulation
- Air contamination from heated engine oil, hydraulic fluid among other things
- Pesticide exposure
- Ventilation Hazards such as: Carbon Monoxide, Ozone and Carbon Dioxide
Why We Need Protection When We Travel
We are most vulnerable when we travel because of the amount of concentrated germs, viruses, pollutants and other toxins we're exposed to at one time.
In a world of germs, viruses, diseases and pandemics, it is now more imperative than ever to protect ourselves and purify the air that we breathe. Lucky for us, there are several steps we can take and tools we can use to minimize our chances of succumbing to the toxins, germs and bacteria when we travel.
How To Create A Bubble Of Clean Air Around You
While some things are out of our control, (like fresh air in an enclosed airplane cabin), there are still steps you can take to ensure your health is not compromised while traveling. The most important thing you can do to eliminate contaminants from airborne particles when traveling is to utilize a portable air purifier, especially when in confined spaces.
Since airplanes aren’t required to have one, you must take matters into your own hands and travel with a smart portable air purifier. When used in an airplane, even in a hotel room, it will help create a personalized bubble of clean air, minimizing those harmful particles in your air. Thus making you to less vulnerable to the germs, bacteria and other particles in the air.
Other Ways To Protect Your Health While Traveling
Other things you can do to protect your health when traveling are: boost your immune system, get plenty of sleep and use hand sanitizers frequently. Here are a few other tips recommended by Patient First Health on how to protect your health when traveling:
- Wash your hands
- Don’t touch your face or mouth
- Be healthy
- Wipe down the tray table
- Use hand sanitizer
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid the bathroom
- Use the air conditioner
- Wear a Mask
SimpliiAir Portable Air Purifier- A Travel Necessity
Because federal regulations don't require an air purifier on airplanes, not all airplanes will have an air purification system in cabin. Even in the off chance that your airplane is equipped with an air cleaner, this still doesn’t do much for those contaminants directly in your space.
In a world of pandemics and airborne toxins, taking steps to purify our air has become the new normal. We designed SimpliiAir portable air purifier with you in mind, making it an easy, convenient and a portable way to purify your air, no matter where you are. SimpliiAir offers a peace of mind and an added protection on and off the airplane, wherever your travels take you.
SimpliiAir Key Features:
- Light Weight
- Less Than 1lb
- Easy to Use
- Effective in eliminating particles as small as 0.3 micron
For more information on public health please visit The Center of Disease Control and Prevention website.
For more Information and tips on how to prevent the spread of disease when traveling, visit Preventing The Spread of Disease CDC website.