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Flying Myths

August 23rd, 2019

South Island

Whether you're a frequent traveler or rarely travel, you've probably heard a variety of myths about flying. Even those of us who fly a lot may not question some information because it's such a common belief.

Below, we'll go over a few common fear of flying myths and give you the facts.

Myth 1: You Can't Pack Aerosol Cans and Similar Items in a Carry-On Bag

Over the last few decades, airport security has become a lot stricter — everyone knows that. But these restrictions may not be as strict as you think.

When you're packing your carry-on, you can include more items than you might have thought. Some belongings thought of as banned are actually allowed on many airlines, including:

  • Disposable and electric razors
  • Aerosol cans
  • Disposable lighters

Even though these items are allowed on the plane with you, you must follow other rules. The aerosol cans, whether for hairspray or shaving cream, must be under a certain size and stored in a plastic bag.

While many airlines may allow items like these, it's always important to check the rules for carry-ons before you head out. Different airlines may have different regulations. Some may have stricter rules, while others can be more lenient. There may also be restrictions related to the country you're flying to. Again, check the fine print with your plane ticket to see if there are any special notes about the airport at your destination.

Myth 2: Cell Phones Affect Navigation Systems

This is probably the most common airplane myth. When the plane is about to take off or land, you get the announcement to turn off your cell phones. Lots of people believe it's because cell phones can affect navigation systems or other systems in the plane, but that's not the truth.

When you get the announcement to put your electronics away, there's other important information coming through too. The staff of the plane wants passengers to pay attention to this information. In case something doesn't go as planned during takeoff or landing, they want people to be alert and know exactly what to do.

Now that you know the truth behind this myth, it doesn't mean you should keep using your electronics when the airline staff is telling you to put them away. We know those informational videos can seem a little boring or cheesy, but it's crucial for you to pay attention.

Myth 3: The Air Will Get You Sick

With so many people in a pretty tight space, it's easy to believe that you're more likely to get sick. In reality, it's more likely that you'll get sick from another mode of transportation, like a bus or a train.

Airlines are serious about air quality. Whether you're spending two hours in the air or 17, you'll find that they take care to keep the air clean. Airplanes have very effective air filters, helping to remove bacteria and other contaminants from the air. In addition, new air is changed into the cabin every couple of minutes in many cases.

With airlines taking such good care of their air quality on flights, if you want to avoid getting sick when traveling, the key will be to avoid using buses or trains. Instead, opt for using an airport shuttle service. You can even choose a private non-stop shuttle to and from the airport to further help prevent you from getting sick. Between the airport shuttle service and the air quality on the plane, you can kick sickness and this myth to the curb.

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