While most people were watching the Super Bowl I was sitting on an airplane. I had thirty minutes of free (poor quality ) wifi. I figured I browse the internet and read something entertaining. I started looking at a few blogs after class on Tuesday and saved a few websites. I clicked on one of them and somehow stumbled onto an article called 10 Horrifying Facts About Flying. I have no idea why I clicked the link while I was 30,000 feet in the air but for some reason I did. I found out that it probably was not in my head that there was more turbulence during the average flight. According to this article there could be 10-40% more turbulence by mid century due to an increase in carbon dioxide. I also learned that many pilots fall asleep at the controls.
“Here’s an eye-opening statistic: Between 43 and 54 percent of pilots surveyed in the U.K., Norway, and Sweden admitted to having fallen asleep while flying a passenger plane. Even worse, a third of them stated that they woke up to find that their copilot had also been sleeping!”
Through this article I also learned how disgusting planes actually are. Planes are flying on tighter schedules and are lacking a break in-between takeoffs for any type of cleaning. ”
Since cold and influenza viruses can live for days on surfaces, planes can become germ hotbeds. Watch out for seat pockets (where sick passengers may stash dirty tissues), tray tables (a study found that 60 percent of tray tables tested harbored the “superbug” MRSA), and airplane blankets (which are only washed every five to 30 days,” I felt a little uncomfortable with my laptop on the tray table after reading this.
This article was most definitely not the best thing for me to read while I was flying but it kept me entertained for twenty minutes… and paranoid for the rest of the flight.