WHILE getting on the plane first for your flight may be exciting, experts have found it dramatically increases the risk of infection if another passenger is unwell.
Researchers from Arizona State University in the USA made the discovery after studying plane-boarding scenarios to see how infection spreads if one passenger is sick.
They found if a sick passenger seated in 16B boarded after everyone in front of them had taken their seat, the other travellers were more likely to catch an infection.
Sitting in the aisle was also bad if you wanted to avoid catching a disease from a fellow traveller.
They said using a two-zone boarding process, seating half the plane from the front and half from the back, would lower passenger contact by 27% and similarly cut infection rates.