If penguins could travel, their favorite mode of transport would undoubtedly be airplane. Considering low temperatures that reign in the cabin, they would feel at home, but why? It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, or we’re going to a more or less hot place. always does Polar cold.

The quick answer is simple: cold because the air conditioning is too strong. But that leads to a second question: Is there something that causes the thermostat to rise to such uncomfortable levels? And yes. If we are cold when we travel by plane, it is mostly for our health.

And the fact is that, despite the sealing that protects us from the pressure drops resulting from the increase in altitude, during maneuvers such as takeoff or landing, very sudden changes in pressure. In addition, they join low oxygen levels which is generated with height as well as other factors. This can lead to fainting, which, according to a study done ASTM International in 2008 they would correspond to 15-22% of reported medical incidents on aircraft. And it seems that these syncope occur more often at high temperatures. For this reason, the polar cold in the cabin is a way keep us from fainting.

What is fainting?

Fainting is sudden and brief loss of consciousnesswhich usually resolves spontaneously and without the need for resuscitation.

This may be due to many reasons, from hypoglycemia to intense exerciselike a coughing fit. It can also be due to serious causes, such as a heart attack, or much more benign ones, such as get up very fast. There are people much more prone to this, who can suffer even in situations fear or stress. But in general it can happen to anyone.

In the case of aircraft, they are quite common and are usually associated with hypoxia. This is not a dangerous hypoxia that can lead to the death of those who suffer from it. Just because it’s not serious doesn’t mean it’s not annoying. No one wants to faint on the way to vacation or during a business trip. In general, no one wants to pass out at any time. For this reason, methods such as temperature control.

It’s better to freeze on a plane than pass out

On the planes probability of hypoxia It is high for several reasons. Height interferes, but that’s not all. It is also related to the reaction Pulmonary ventilation caused immobility, drowsiness and bloating.

All of these factors can lead to unpleasant fainting, which is more likely to be generated at high temperature. Both in flight and on the ground. Therefore, it tends to maintain such a cold temperature.

Nowadays, much more accurate thermostats are beginning to be used, which change the temperature in rows. Being in the middle of a plane is not the same as standing in line, so it’s important specifically adjust the scores. However, the result is intense cold.

But it’s a necessary cold. So if you’re going to travel by plane, don’t complain about the cold. If it had been warmer, you might have regretted wanting this. Put on a cardigan and enjoy your flight.

Source: Hiper Textual

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