Traveling the world in an airplane used to give passengers a sense of adventure, prestige, and wonder. Now though, most airport travelers just want to get through the process with some of their dignity intact. To make matters worse, the surprisingly gross things about airplanes could make you long for cross-country car rides. Let's face it: getting around in a passenger plane is not for the faint of heart.
Sure, no one expects the cabin to be as sterile as an operating room. It's a tiny space filled with people who cannot leave, so it's bound to get a little rank from time to time. That said, some of the true facts about plane travel could make the chillest person bathe in a tub of hand sanitizer. Some gnarly bugs can hang out in an airplane cabin for days on end, and the most germ-filled spot on the plane is likely just a few inches away from your hand.
Germs aside, there are some other facts about flight that may give you a moment of pause. For instance, not every passenger is in the realm of the living, so to speak. What's worse, your fellow passengers may decide to do some private hygiene upkeep at 39,000 feet — right beside your chair. With joys like these, you might hop a bus instead.