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Bugs Fly on Planes Too

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But the vast majority of passengers do reach their destination none the worse off, Rayman adds. This means, he tells WebMD, that it might prove impossible to change the status quo.

Nevertheless, passengers could take some proactive actions to at least reduce the risk of transmitting disease, Janczewski points out. For example, the common courtesy of using a Kleenex while sneezing would go a long way toward preventing the spread of disease. Airlines could also take proactive action by training their workers in sanitation, and perhaps allowing flight attendants to wear gloves, she tells WebMD.

After all, Janczewski notes, "No one can design a safety system that's going to prevent the spread of disease from someone in close proximity to you, and that seems to be the real problem."

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