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    Esther Rantzen

    Can an aircraft’s air conditioning system exacerbate colds and flu?


    Can an aircraft’s air conditioning system exacerbate colds and flu?

    Flying away on holiday is exciting, but travelling by air does come with certain risks and if you’ve been injured on a plane or you’ve been involved in a flying accident, you may be entitled to claim travel accident compensation.

    The risks of flying

    Flying accidents are very rare and statistically, it’s safer to travel by air than any other mode of transport; however, there are risks. In the news of late, there have been tragic cases, including a lost plane and an aircraft crash in the Ukraine, which caused hundreds to lose their lives. While crashes and collisions are extremely uncommon, other types of injury and accident are more prevalent and these include:

    • Slips, trips and falls
    • Injuries caused by faulty equipment
    • Burns and scalds caused by hot drinks or food
    • Food poisoning
    • Injuries related to cabin conditions, including coughs and colds and deep vein thrombosis

    Does travelling by air increase the risk of coughs and colds?

    Travelling in close proximity to hundreds of people for a prolonged period of time increases the risk of exposure to infectious illnesses, such has colds, but travelling by air, rather than other modes of transport, can also make symptoms of coughs and flu worse, due to the use of air conditioning in the cabin. Air conditioning can dry out the protective mucous membrane inside the nostrils, which reduces the body’s ability to protect itself against infection. Studies conducted by Cardiff University researchers show that the longer you spend in the air, the higher the risk of developing an illness, although this is linked to the duration of contact with other people, rather than the length of time you are exposed to air conditioning.

    How can I reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis after flying?

    Flying is not the only cause of deep vein thrombosis, but is can be a risk factor and it’s worth following these very simple steps to lower the risk:

    • Wear flight socks
    • Keep your feet moving
    • Go for a walk every half an hour
    • Stay hydrated

    Can I make a claim for a flying accident?

    If you’ve been involved in a flying accident or you’ve been injured abroad or developed illness after flying, you may be able to make a travel claim. You must be able to prove that you were not to blame for your injuries and be able to support your case with the relevant evidence.

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    If you think you are entitled to personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline, an established and well-respected law firm, which operates on a no win no fee* basis.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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