Special Report

15 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Fly

Flying can be a frightening experience for some people. Planes are usually huge machines that can be very daunting. Nothing gets you to your destination faster, but this convenience comes at a price — and your body may have to pay.

From radiation to hearing loss, the body is exposed to all kinds of potentially harmful conditions during a flight. The longer the trip, the greater the chance of experiencing side effects. So the next time you feel discomfort while flying, it’s probably not just your imagination.

24/7 Tempo compiled a list of what exactly happens to your body when you fly. We reviewed several sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the World Health Organization, as well as other online sources with information on flying.

Side effects from flying are common but they are not among the things that aggravate people the most, and more than 90% of travelers actually don’t like flying. They have bigger problems — these are the biggest air travel complaints people have

Traveling can take a toll on the body, especially traveling by plane. Many organs, including the skin, will most likely feel different – and not in a good way. The biggest culprit is the air pressure level in the cabin, which can vary. 

So if you’re flying this summer, try to make the trip short or plan to have long enough layovers so you can prevent possible side effects. Ideally, you’d want to avoid any delays — and these are the airports where you’re likely to be on time.

Click here to read about how flying affects your body.