Tomorrow morning I am leaving for a well-deserved vacation to...wait for it...wait for it...Hawaii. Kauai to be exact. I am very excited, as this is my first time to visit this portion of the globe. I just hope that when I get there I'm contagion-free.
It's my understanding that, statistically speaking, you are no more likely to get sick on a plane than when you are in close contact with a large group of people in some other situation. I find this difficult to accept. My problem is that the air is recycled. I know this happens in building as well, but normally you don't sit around with 100 people in the same small space for eight hours. I'm sure they have some kick-ass HEPA-type filters, but I don't know if these yahoos are changing them on time or installing them properly. I do know that HEPA filters are damn expensive and I also know that airlines aren't exactly rolling in the dough.* I've never gotten sick after a long plane ride, but n=1 is not a reliable sample size and rules of logic dictate you should not assume your personal experience represents the norm.
Each time someone starts hacking up a lung, sneezing or making frequent trips to the bathroom, I am sure I'm getting inoculated with something viral or microbial. I feel the urge to bust out a mask and fly in SARS style. This is probably not a good idea though, since I'd probably scare the shit out of everyone else on the plane, and I'm already going to make people in my immediate vicinity uncomfortable enough when I bust out my breast pump.** At least the type of plane we are flying in allows me and my husband to occupy two seats together in a row consisting of only two seats. That means that I don't have to worry about sharing a row with some Ebola-riddled freak or get in that pesky fight over the arm rest.
I know I'm being a little ridiculous. It's not like I'm boarding a cruise ship, which actually does seem like a floating petri dish. And yeah, I do not have a burning desire to cruise on a ship anywhere. If pressed to go, a mask would definitely be the order of the day.
I'll write a full report and post some pics when I get back next week unless I download the iPhone blogger app, in which case I might post some pics throughout my vacay. :)
*I'm not making any claims about airline air filter upkeep and maintenance.
**So not looking forward to this.