Odds are you’re flying next to someone sick.
Common decency dictates that you avoid public spaces while sick, but a proprietary survey recently conducted by Mattress Firm discovered that this doesn’t necessarily hold true for airline travel.
In fact, more than 75% of over 2,500 travelers surveyed, when asked if they would cancel a nonrefundable flight if they had a flu or cold, admitted they wouldn’t cancel their flight. In the choice between being courteous to other fliers and incurring a loss, or flying sick—the vast majority choose to fly sick.
While you can’t know how many sick people will be on any given flight, the odds are good that they did not stay home—and they could be sitting right next to you.