February 21, 2024

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Are you often windy on the plane?  Scientists suggest a solution  for travel

Are you often windy on the plane? Scientists suggest a solution for travel

Flatulence or flatulence often causes uncomfortable situations, because the sound usually does not go unnoticed, just like the smells associated with it. If you sit close together on the plane, you can miss this discomfort, but sometimes it rears its ugly head. a reason? Cabin pressure change. Fortunately, Danish researchers have now found an easy solution.

During flight, additional air is pumped into the aircraft cabin to pressurize it. This is necessary to make the flight safe and comfortable, because at an altitude of more than 10,000 meters the air pressure is much lower than at ground level. The air is also much thinner there. You can spot the difference yourself: A bag of potato chips inflates on the plane. The eardrum and intestines are also vulnerable to this effect, with all the uncomfortable consequences that follow.

Fight the wind?

Most people try to hold their breath as much as possible when they are in a public place, but this is not comfortable on a long-haul flight. In addition, scientists say that wind suppression can also cause significant physical discomfort.

To avoid physical and social discomfort, you can of course resort to the toilet. But a group of Danish researchers are now proposing another simple treatment that doesn't even require you to get out of your chair. At the beginning of this year, they published a scientific article calling on aircraft manufacturers and airlines to incorporate activated carbon into aircraft seat cushions. “In addition, activated carbon could be used in pants and blankets to emphasize the effect,” the study says.

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Activated carbon is known to quickly absorb substances – and therefore odors as well.

Activated carbon is known to quickly absorb substances – and therefore odors as well. Activated carbon has had applications in medicine longer than today, for example for absorbing toxic substances after ingestion. It is of course questionable whether aircraft manufacturers and companies will heed this call, but they may succeed.

Another solution to avoid the risk of flatulence at high altitudes is to change the fiber content of airline meals. “This would reduce the flatulence potential of this food,” the Danish researchers concluded.

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