Flights which are long haul can be both uncomfortable and tedious for some plane passengers. They can also take a toll on your appearance which many people might not realise. Dehydration is a particular concern during a long flight – but this can’t only be remedied by drinking more. British Airways flight attendant Rob Staines told Business Insider what passengers should avoid doing.
He explained travellers should never let their skin dry out while travelling long haul.
Cabins on commercial airliners are kept at a humidity level of 20 per cent.
This is five per cent lower than the relative humidity of the Sahara desert, potentially leading to dehydration-related health issues such as headaches and sore throats.
To combat this from the outside, Staines recommends keeping your skin moisturised.
“Always have a good moisturiser,” he said to Business Insider. “It doesn’t have to be an expensive one.
“The one I use is Clinique for Men because it’s lightweight, it’s oil-free and it’s very intensive.”
It’s advisable to moisturise before the flight, during and after to keep your skin hydrated.
Another way to keep fresh, according to Staines is to use a facial mist.
“They’re so easy to use,” he said. “They’re always in really small packages so they fit great into your liquids bag.
The flight attendant also advised against drinking too much alcohol on a long haul flight.
“We do offer some fantastic wines,” Staines told the US website, “but I would try not to overindulge on alcohol. It’s just really dehydrating.”
If passengers become too dehydrated the risk of health problems during and after the flight increase.
The Aerospace Medical Association advises passengers to drink at least one cup (250ml) of water per hour while flying.
Alcohol could also affect you much more while in the air than it would on the ground.
“When on a plane, the barometric pressure in the cabin of a plane is lower than it normally is,” Dr Clare Morrison, from online doctor MedExpress, told HuffPost UK.
“This decreased pressure means that the body finds it harder to absorb oxygen – this can produce light-headedness or hypoxia.”
“In other words, the lower level of oxygen in your blood means that you may seem drunker in the air than you would on the ground after consuming the same amount of alcohol.”