An estimated 268 million African American passengers will travel aboard U.S. airliners this year, many of which will be traveling to their family reunions, often enduring delays and increasingly crowded planes—and perhaps even a seat next to someone who is a sneezer or cougher.
So, what can travelers do to stay well? Plenty, say experts. Here are some tips:
The Problem: Dry Cabin Air
The low humidity in airplane cabins tends to dry out the sensitive mucus membranes in the upper airways where viruses and bacteria can take hold.