Technology has impacted all of us in our daily lives and we have to understand that there is no turning back. We have been mad accustomed flying this giant metal birds and as such most of us don’t give it a second thought. For the most part people just tend to hear the safety announcement made by the airplane attendants and pay no heed to the consequence that it may have on our wellbeing. However, you may be surprised to know that flying at these altitudes lend way to some pretty creepy or shall we say weepy stuff. Amongst these include dry skin, air pressure changes, people actually weep and taste buds may go numb. You may consider it to be over exaggerated fact but that’s the truth. Some people do tend to cry. According to a research conducted by the internet giant Facebook in 2011 on Virgin Atlantic airlines as much as 55% people agreed that they have wept on an airplane. In response to this the airline did something no one was expecting; they began to show warnings at the beginning of movies which had depressing or sad material.
While we have to acknowledge that the statement of crying in a flight is not backed by much research from the scientific community or psychologists. Many people have shown interest in the topic. Unfortunately, as of the time of writing this composition the true culprit being airplane weepiness is still not identified but nevertheless it has been attributed to the following reasons stress, oxygen shortage and dehydration.
We at Topcheapoffers have identified the following reasons to be the main reasons behind Airplane weepiness:
1.Pressure Changes and Hypoxia
If you have ever been on an airplane you must had the feeling of having your ears pooped due to the air pressure. Similar is the feeling which you get when you climb atop mountains or visit places on high altitudes like the Himalayas. As the plane ascends to the heavens the cabin pressure drops which causes the ringing sensation in your ears. Harmless right, well think again. The resulting low pressure in the plane’s cabin causes a reduced flow of oxygen in our bodies, this is known as Hypoxia. Hypoxia brings with it a myriad of problems most notably of which are an increased in the level of fatigue that you experience, confusion, inability to make decisions and most importantly it tampers our ability to handle our emotions. This last point is one of the major culprits behind why most people cry on an airplane.
Well hold on, doesn’t Hypoxia impact pilots, as it is there routine job to fly around the globe on the very planes which we are discussing. If truth be told mild hypoxia wont have much impact on a healthy person, however regardless of how healthy you are it would impact you in one way or the other. A research has shown that hypoxia make us more susceptible to both physical as well as psychological changes, as such some people do experience dizziness and tiredness during take-off as the cabin pressure changes dramatically.
2.Air-conditioning and Dehydration
All air-conditioners are fitted with dehumidifiers. It is the job of the dehumidifier to reduce the flow of humidity into the air-conditioned area. One must understand that the human body is well only human and it is designed to function in specific ways in an specific environment and when you alter that environment you will see some consequences and you may not like them. It is estimated that an average airplane air-conditioner reduces the humidity in the air in the cabin by almost 35%. This reduced humidity causes dehydration.
Coupled with the acts stated above we may begin to experience other uncomfortable things as our brains automatically begin to consider the facts that surround us and take more careful notes of the environment. On research has shown that this may happen sub consciously or beyond our control. What it means that we may actually not be aware of the fact that on an airplane we become emotionally vulnerable as our brains are trying to process everything going on around us and this leads to travel stress and claustrophobia.
4.Environment and Stress
Let’s face it people, we have little or no control over our environment when we are travelling by plane. It is found that the stress our mind and body face on an airplane travel leads our bodies to produce a hormone called cortisol which effects our emotions by directly increasing our heart rate and blood pressure. This further contributes to our inability to handle our emotions properly. Coupled with the all the other facts it is no wonder that people tend to cry more often then we may think while aboard an airplane.
It is not just adults all these things tend to effects toddlers as well. All people who have travelled a couple of times aboard a plane must have had to face at least one time that there is a crying baby on the plane. Well it is not abnormal for a toddler to through temper tantrums but experts are of the opinion that all of the above factors may actually result in a highly devastating temper tantrum which annoys the passengers even more and further aggravating the overall condition.
Most of us have no choice and no alternate when it comes to air plane travel. Time is the equivalent to money in these times and as such people are more prone to save time rather than care about their well being and health. However, we must pay close attention to all these things and care for our own bodies. We would advise you to travel with a friend, or if you are travelling alone talk to someone on the plane and make new friends. Avoid movies which you know have a sad or depressing tone to them. Try to get a nap, relax and you will find that how easy it is for your mind to takeover matter.