The Truth About What Happens to Your Body When Flying

Sophie Miura

Where taking flight once seemed like a magical, wondrous thing when you were 7, now the pains of flying are more taxing than watching security rifle through your cosmetic case: Everything. Hurts. And when you think about the feat of airline travel, it’s no wonder our bodies experience such dramatic change. Cabins are pressurized to mimic the altitude of 6000 to 8000 feet—the equivalent of sitting on top of a mountain. Adding to that hours of inactivity and recirculated air (and germs), it’s enough to make you want to stay home… almost. Since taking an airplane for work or a destination wedding is practically unavoidable, we’ve dug into what’s really causing your body harm and, more importantly, how to fix it.

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