Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is the aisle seat bad?” you ask? That’s a good question. Timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do people ask you so many personal sex questions?”)
While yours truly is all too often ensconced under his laptop to travel for the holidays, those of you who fly and take the aisle seat might want to think twice before doing so. An expert on infectious diseases recently told sources such as Fox News and io9 that the aisle seat is the most germ-infested seat on the plane due to the large number of folks one the seat and its occupant are exposed to as they all stroll by to go to the bathroom and/or get to their seats.
A microbiologist from the University of Arizona, Chuck Gerba, stated that folks should avoid the aisle seats because you have more of a chance “to come in contact with,” and/or be contaminated by, other people on the aircraft. Gerba also said that people touch and hold onto the aisle seats “when walking to help keep their balance, increasing the risk of contamination.”
For instance, Fox News notes as an example a group of tourists with Norovirus—symptomized by “uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea”—caught it on “a flight from Boston to Los Angeles,” California.
After the plane made an emergency landing in Chicago, Illinois to transport the infected people to the hospital, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the incident. They discovered that most of the passengers who had caught Norovirus were sitting in aisle seats and had made more contact with the previously infected passengers who’d been “walking back and forth to the bathroom. “
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