According to a new study by experts, embarking the first one on an airplane because you have priority, may affect health, as it increases the likelihood of infectious diseases spreading.
If you do not have the necessary patience to stand in the queue or you just have a health problem that does not allow your state too much on feet, you may want to be first boarded on the plane, so you can sit comfortably, without agglomeration. And yet, according to research, this could do more harm than good.
Most companies choose to first pick first-class people, followed by second-class students, until the plane fills up.
But a team of researchers at Arizona State University says this kind of boarding could put most people at risk of getting a disease.
Studying different types of boarding scenarios using a mathematical model, the team wanted to see how a disease – like Ebola – would spread if only one person would be sick.
Surprisingly, studies have shown that first embarked in the first class are more exposed to the danger and increases the likelihood of being exposed to infected people.
Thus, the following example should be used: if the infected person has to reach the 20th cabin, he must pass 20 passenger rows to reach his seat with passengers already embarked. As such, it is likely that it will spread the disease to all passengers already embarked, as well as to others, as the plane fills up.
Instead, the researchers suggest that if passengers were flown at the same time from two areas, half the front and the other half behind, would be the right solution to avoid the risk of spreading contagious diseases. Adopting that boarding method would reduce passenger contact by up to 72%.
Also, if smaller airplanes would be used to carry passengers with only 50 seats, the risk of contamination by contact with another 13% would still be reduced.
So when traveling by public transport, be careful with who you are in contact to avoid a potential virus.