Ever wondered where the best (and worst) places to sit on a plane were?
According to Men’s Health magazine, when it comes to your health it seems that the window seat is the worst place to sit, as it’ll increase your odds of suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT).So why is this? Cassie Shortsleeve (writer for Men’s Health magazine) explains:
“It’s not the physical location of the seat that’s putting you in danger—it’s that you’re less likely to get up when you’re plopped inside two strangers. No one wants to be that guy who goes to the bathroom five times.”
Forget the window seat next time you’re booking a flight longer than six hours. According to new research, enjoying window views from 30,000 feet ups your odds of suffering from deep venous thromboses (DVTs)—or blood clots—than being in an aisle seat. Some studies have suggested it can increase risk two-fold.
What gives? It’s not the physical location of the seat that’s putting you in danger—it’s that you’re less likely to get up when you’re plopped inside two strangers. No one wants to be that guy who goes to the bathroom five times. But maybe he’s on to something.
“When you sit still for long periods of time, gravity causes your blood to pool in your legs, making it easier for clots to form. When you walk around, each step causes contractions in your calf returning blood to the heart,” says Susan Kahn, M.D., at Lady Davis Institute in Montreal, and author of the new DVT guidelines.
DVTs are rare—occurring in about one of every 5,000 airline passengers. But if you’re on a cross-country haul, make it a point to get up every hour or two. While seated, get your calf muscles contracting—flex and extend your ankles to help blood flow, Kahn says.
Travel a lot? Try compression socks, says Kahn. The pressure these socks put on your ankles and lower legs helps press blood upward. They are especially useful if you’re at a higher risk for DVTs (overweight, past blood clot, or recent surgery). You can get them anywhere from Walgreens to activewear companies like 2XU. Check out the other benefits of compression gear.
Where is the safest place to sit on an airplane?
Where is the safest………or moderatley safer spot to sit on an airplane incase of an accident?
The safest place to sit really depends on the type of accident and the type of airplane. Generally, however, the safest place is in the rear of the airplane, in an emergency exit row (or nearest an exit), not over the wing, and not next to an engine.
Most aircraft fuel is stored in the wings but some airplanes have fuel tanks in the fuselage as well (like the Boeing 747) and there is always risk (very small) sitting above the fuel tanks. The TWA 747-100 that exploded in flight near NY in 1996 is thought to have been caused by a spark in a near-empty fuel tank in the center of the fuselage. Everybody died, probably really, really fast.
Most large commercial aircraft have turbofan jet engines. Occasionally, (rarely) a blade can separate from the fan, compressor, or turbine while turning at 30,000 RPM and enter the fuselage. This is more concern on older aircraft. The engine cowling should contain the fractured blade but doesn’t always do so. New aircraft designs must be tested to ensure that fractured engine parts will be contained. On turboprop aircraft, rarely, a blade could fracture and enter the fuselage. It has happened, but is really unlikely.
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