Aside from long-haul flights, one of the biggest discomforts of air travel is the freezing temperature. Have you ever wondered why it’s so cold on airplanes? Apparently, there’s a scientific explanation and it turns out that the freezing cold is actually good for you.
According to a study conducted by the American Society for Testing and Materials, researchers found that flights are generally kept “very” cold due to avoid Hypoxia – this is when one tends to faint due to body tissues failing to receive enough oxygen. Said medical condition is triggered by “overheated” cabins, which is why more people tend to faint on board than on the ground. Ergo, to avoid this, the cold temperatures.
While we probably should be more appreciative of this, not everyone is too happy about the cold and understandably so. Especially with the following reasons:
Taking all these into consideration though, newer plane models have better temperature regulators on board. These advanced thermostats can control the coldness and hotness of the cabin more precisely than older aircrafts. So much so that they can set the temperature per row.
If and when you end up in a cold cabin, here are a few tips to keep warm during your flight:
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