Catching flu on plane may depend on where you sit

June 16, 2011 4:39:28 AM PDT
If you've ever been worried about picking up the flu on an airplane, you might want to take a close look at your neighboring passengers to see if they are sneezing, coughing and looking feverish.

That's because researchers have determined that the "danger zone" for flu transmission is just a two-seat circumference around where you are sitting.

It had been thought that just being in the close quarters of an airplane cabin significantly raised the risk of picking up the bug.

But researchers say risk was highest if a sick passenger was seated in the two seats in front or behind you or on either side.

There is more on this report in the July issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.