ABC News spoke with the people who know and their conclusion: the air up there is perfectly safe.
"The air is in fact quite healthy, because of the excellent cabin air filters," said Joe Lundquist, an air filtration expert with Pall Corp. He says state-of-the-art HEPA air filters can capture up to 99.9% of small bacteria and viruses -- even SARS and bird flu virus.So why are you always getting sick this time of year? For a culprit look closer to home. Rick Seaney, CEO of the amazingly useful FareCompare.com, used his personal blog this weekend to point out that:
a recent report to the House Subcommittee on Aviation, experts stated that "data from epidemiologic studies and microbiologic assays indicate that the risk of airborne infections currently appears to be very low." And an independent published research showed that the concentration of biological microorganisms in planes is lower than in an office building...Now if only there was a magic little pill to protect you from your co-workers' germs.