TAKING to the skies with the great unwashed hordes of the Y class cabin might not be as risky as we think, disease researchers in the US have discovered.
According to Australia’s Science Channel, a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology has found the chances of catching the flu from fellow airline passengers is surprisingly small – unless you happen to be seated right alongside the contagious culprit.
By modelling flu transmission, researchers found the chance of infection was about 3%.
Those seated alongside or in rows directly behind or in front of an infected passenger had an 80% increased risk.
But they found the highest risk (you may wish to adopt the brace position) is from crew.