True or False: 4 Popular Myths About Air Travel

Except for what is shown in popular culture, the general public knows very little about the actual mechanics of an airplane. Because of this, myths about air travel begin to circulate, discouraging people from flying. Following is the truth behind four common myths about air travel.

Myth #1: Flying is Too Expensive

Contrary to common belief, flying has not been more affordable than it is right now. It is true that plane tickets can be well over a hundred dollars, however, buying a plane ticket can be much cheaper than driving. In fact, on average the cost of driving is around sixty cents per mile whereas air travel is, on average, ten to fifteen cents per mile. To keep the ticket cost down, do some research on the lowest price. And according to Wandrd, when flying domestically, you’ll likely find the cheapest time of year to fly is between the second week in January and the first of April, so there are plenty of options.

Myth #2: Air is Continuously Recirculated, and can Cause Disease

During a flight, the air on a plane is circulated around the cabin until it is eventually pulled into lower fuselage where half of the air is released overboard through vents, and the other half is filtered through hospital-quality filters and is added to new air pulled through the engines. If you catch something from your time in the air, it’s most likely due to the physical closeness of airplane seats and not the germs in the air.

Myth #3: Flying in Storm Spells is Highly Dangerous

While nervous flyers may want to avoid flying in stormy conditions, the rest of us have no reason to worry. It’s true that it’s not pleasant to fly in inclement weather. However, developments in electrical equipment and aerospace design keep the instruments working and the passengers and crew safe from possible disaster in case they get caught in a storm.

Myth #4: Popping Your Ears Causes Hearing Loss

While it certainly relieves discomfort while flying, some people worry that “popping” their ears may lead to hearing loss. But never fear — your ears will be fine. In fact, not popping your ears is what can cause problems. Airplane Ear that lasts more than a few hours can result in severe tinnitus, vertigo, vomiting, and bleeding from the ear, and requires a visit to the doctor. You can pop your ears by swallowing, chewing gum, or pinching your nose and blowing.

Humans are using air travel now more than ever. Hopefully knowing the truth behind some of these myths will relieve you of any qualms you may have about flying, and can help you tackle exploring the world. Just don’t forget to book somewhere to stay when you land at your destination!


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