This is the real reason you should be scared of flying – it's NOT what you think
In reality air travel is extremely safe and Dr. Arnold Barnett, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has done extensive research in the field of commercial flight safety.
He found that over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994,
the death risk per flight was one in seven million.
In fact, based on this incredible safety record if you flew every day of your life it would take you nineteen thousand years before you would succumb to a fatal accident.
The real risk of flying is a lot more subtle – but it could be detrimental to your health.
Flying in a pressurized capsule for hours on end leads to germs breeding at a rapid speed.
A study by Drexel Medicine has revealed the inside of a plane is incredibly unhygienic with the worst offender being the seat pocket.
Another germy hotspot is the tray table. A microbiologist team sent by website travelmath.com tested the tray tables from five airports and four flights in the US and found 2,155 colony-forming units per square inch. a haven for germs and once you think about it, you've likely stored your books, bags and even tissues there.
Other filthy areas on planes which you should be cautious of include overheat vents and seatbelt buckles.
Surprisingly, bathrooms are one of the cleaner areas which were tested.
"Regular cleaning schedules mean these surfaces are sanitized more frequently," the site reports.
While you might not be able to avoid the germs throughout the plane, carrying some disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer onboard will help to keep you protected.
After all, the last thing you want is to arrive at your destination feeling ill.