A study concerning flatulence on airplanes urges passengers to let it go.
There are plenty of studies relating to air travel. Most relate to safety - this one is different.
A recent research project published in the New Zealand Medical Journal is titled “Flatulence On Airplanes: Just Let It Go.”
The study team consisted of British and Danish gastroenterologists, who have concluded that it’s healthier for people to pass gas rather than fight the urges going through the human body.
According to the researchers, people tend to emit gas more on a plane due to bodily changes from the fluctuations in cabin pressure. They advise plane passengers avoid the discomfort, pain, bloating and stress of holding it in.
However the scientists point out one major drawback, stating “Obviously, proximity to other passengers may cause conflict and stigmatization of the flatulating individual.”
The researchers suggested one potential solution. The team states “we humbly propose that active charcoal should be embedded in the seat cushion, since this material is able to neutralize the odor. Moreover active charcoal may be used in trousers and blankets to emphasize this effect.”
They also thought fiber should be limited in airline meals, lessening the flatulence potential.