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Cabin Fever

Fighting off the flying bug
April 1, 1999
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/22154

Entrepreneur magazine, April 1999

Does flying make you sick? Air carriers are worried it might, and with good reason: Airline passengers grouped closely together breathe the same dry, recycled cabin air when they travel.

Medical experts say the odds of catching an airborne virus on a flight are significantly higher than they are elsewhere. "There's an increased risk of infection in an aircraft cabin because the air is confined," says Dr. Peter J. Lambrou, director of the Center for Aviation Medicine and Safety at the Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

So what can you do to keep from getting sick?

Christopher Elliot is Entrepreneur magazine's monthly "Travel" columnist.