The Sherwood Report

Air Travel (Issue No. 17, Part 2)


The jet lag rule of thumb is that, eastbound, it takes one day to recover per time zone crossed, while going westward, it’s half-a-day per time zone.

High fiber meals may reduce post-flight constipation, but it may increase during-flight bloating and gastrointestinal distress.

Noise increased air crew awareness of their swollen feet by 43% and increased muscle pain by 57%.

Sea-level relative humidity is considered comfortable at 40-70%. On planes, relative humidity can drop to 2-3%. Therefore, drinking water isn’t enough; consider bringing skin lotion and lip balms, too.

A 2015 study found that switching the cushion of an economy class seat with a business class cushion reduced whole body vibration 17% during takeoff, 21% in landing, and 18% while cruising. 

Ashley Merryman