Germ Zone: Seat Pocket For: Cold and Influenza A, B, and C viruses I am not a fan of the aircrafts that have the seatback pockets large enough to stow small children. Having seat back pockets with that much depth is generally unnecessary, because last I checked, stow-aways on airplanes constituted all kinds of illegalness. Even according to ABC, and the delightfully ridiculous show Pan-Am, stow-aways were frowned upon even in 1963. Picture this. You walk on to the plane, and are greeted with a friendly, welcoming, and genuine (ok I made up the genuine part up) smile from the flight attendant. You locate your seat, and acquaint yourself with your surroundings, pulling out your personal entertainment center, and reaching into the seatback pocket. You feel something slimy….EWWWW! What in all things holy is that?!?! Oh, right? That? Well, that unwelcome stow-away is Mr. R’s breakfast, 4 days ripened. He decided it was a good idea to turn his seatback pocket into a personal trash disposal. Uh huh… You are welcome. Thank you for flying with us today! Toenail clippings, mushy old French fries. Hopefully no airsickness bags with actual sickness in them, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Yuck. Cold and flu viruses can survive for hours on tissues and longer on plastic and metal surfaces. Bring a carry on that you can easily stow items that you would like to use during flight, and always bring sanitation wipes and waterless hand sanitizer. If you must place items in the seat pocket, put them inside a plastic ziplock. And, do everyone a favor: Don’t put your used yuckiness in the seat pocket. It’s not a trash receptacle. Inspiration for this series is thanks to BudgetTravel, and the article, “6 Places Germs Breed On a Plane.” To read the article please click here.