Untaxed airline baggage fees. To keep airfares down as fuel costs rise, airlines charge fees – which are federal-tax exempt – for reservation changes, seating, early boarding, meals, entertainment and baggage. Untaxed baggage fees in particular have generated $12.8 billion for airlines since 2007. If taxable, the revenue would help federally fund the air transportation system.
Sources: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Washington Post.
Top Disease-Spreading Airports:
Most of us don’t associate jet bridges and mo
ving walkways with the flu. Instead we worry about the airplanes: cramped, crowded aluminum tubes where a sneeze from across the aisle sets off alarms in our heads.
It turns out that the chances of actually catching something on a plane is low. You’d basically have to be sitting on top of someone to become infected by their germs. According to Aaron Carroll, co-author of Don’t Cross Your Eyes… They’ll Get Stuck That Way! The airplane manufacturers have gotten air circulation onboard their products down to a science.
Between drawing in fresh air from outside the cabin and passing old air through high-quality filters designed to catch 99.999 percent of germs, the air inside a cabin is replaced some 20 times an hour — far more often than in office buildings or in houses, which exchange air every 12 and 5 times an hour.
Add to that the fact that each row of an aircraft’s air supply is recycled vertically rather than moving forward or backward through the cabin — meaning airborne germs that survive the filters come back to the same row rather than spreading to other passengers — and what you get is a system that’s pretty hard to beat.
The airports, however, are another story. They’re tremendous incubators for disease due to the constant flow of passengers all day, every day. Pathogens are deposited, picked up again, and ferried elsewhere at an incredible rate, without the procedures that keep aircraft interiors clean.
Not all airports are created equal. Which ones are the worst offenders? That’s what a team of MIT researchers decided to find out.
Leading the top U.S. airports in order of their ability to spread a disease: JFK, LAX, HNL, SFO, EWR, ORD and IAD.
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Kate’s Final Word
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