9 Tips on How to Avoid Getting Sick When Flying This Holiday Season

Here are 9 tips to help you avoid getting sick this holiday season.

Airlines are doing everything they can to get you to your destination on time during the busy holiday season but with planes packed with passengers; there are some practical tips on to stay healthy on airplanes.

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No. 1: Open the overhead air vent and direct the air so it blows in front of your face.

Dr Marc Siegel, author of Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health, says germs are lurking everywhere on planes.

Dr. Siegal told INSIDE EDITION, "Turning on the personal vent will help blow filtered air that blow germs away from you."

No. 2: The back pockets of seats are often stuffed with used and germy tissues—so be careful you don't reach inside.

No. 3: Stay hydrated. That will keep your energy level up and help you fight off germs and viruses. Drink as much water as you can.

No. 4: The air quality on planes can dry out nasal passages. A saline spray will keep nasal passages moist and reduce the risk of infection.

"Those nasal membranes get dry that's when you get your viruses," says Dr. Siegel.

No. 5: Wipe down the tray and then give your hands a spritz.

When you pull down your tray table, keep in mind that they can be infested with germs. You don't know how many fingers on that tray. Bring along baby wipes and hand sanitizer.

"Common surfaces, everyone is touching the same surface," Dr. Siegel says can be a big breeding ground for germs.

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No. 6: Bathrooms are a notorious breeding ground for germs. Use a tissue or sanitize everything you come in contact with and of course don't forget to wash your hands.

No. 7: What do you do if the person next to you is sick?

Dr. Siegal said: “I would probably get up, and ask to move my seat."

No. 8: Avoid using pillows and blankets which can harbor a wide range of germs.

No. 9: Spray, wipe and drink fluids. Simple precautions that can help you stay healthy on a plane this holiday season.

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