With winter approaching, there is nothing Aussies dream of more than hopping on a plane, and flying somewhere just a little bit warmer.
And while most travellers are happy to bring home a couple of souvenirs – a fridge magnet for mum, a new T-shirt for dad – there’s one thing most don’t want tagging along home with them from their vacation: the flu.
Luckily, researchers have determined the safest place to sit in a plane – aka the confined metal box that’s home to all those icky germs – to avoid bringing an unwanted, and unhealthy, visitor back to your regular life.
According to The New York Post, the study’s lead researcher, Vicki Stover Hertzberg, said anyone who doesn’t want to get sick from a flight should “get in that window seat and don’t move”.
It’s believed window seats are more likely to keep people away from infectious people who may be moving around the plane and walking up and down the aisles.
As part of the study, commissioned jetliner company Boeing, researchers flew around the United States, testing the plane's cabin surfaces and air for viruses, and observed how passengers came in contact with each other during the flights.
Thanks to some "mathematical modelling" and "computer simulations", they were able to determine how likely other passengers were to come in contact with a hypothetical flu-ridden passengers sitting in the 14th row of an aircraft, on the aisle.