Let’s be honest – planes are basically a cesspit of germs. And there’s nothing worse than coming down with something just before you jet off on holidays.
But new research has revealed that how you board a plane can have an impact on how sickness is spread.
Researchers from Arizona State University used a mathematical model to analyse a range of boarding scenarios and compare the trajectory of transmitting Ebola from one passenger. They found that the priority boarding method, i.e. first class onwards (which most airlines employ) is the most dangerous, as an infected individual sitting in the rear of the plane is more likely to affect more passengers on their way through.
The tests showed that a two-section and randomised boarding system would reduce the risk of coming in contact with the infected individual by 27 per cent.
And while we’re super concerned with catching Ebola on our way to Bali, if you spot someone having a sneezing fit at the gate perhaps wait until last to board. And stock up on hand sanitiser.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.