Preparation for flying?
I think this is the worst time to be flying and have no plans to fly. However, the other day a question arose in my mind, “What if I had to? How would I prepare?”
If you were to fly on an airplane, what would you bring with you?
My first thought was that I would want excellent respirator and eye protection. It would need to be comfortable for a long flight (which is inherently uncomfortable to begin with). I would need to feel confident that nothing would slip off of my face by accident. This line of thinking made me want a full mask .
Then I thought, what about drinking water? The Aerospace Medical Association recommends drinking 8 ounces of water each hour flying because the humidity in the cabin is low (20%) . I would want to be able to drink without taking off my mask, so that steered me to a gas mask with a drinking tube such as the Avon C50 .
I know that wearing a N95 with an exhalation port is illegal in San Francisco, for example . Does this apply to airplanes as well and do gas masks have exhalation ports?
What about the social impact? I usually try to keep a low profile while travelling, especially to other countries, to minimize being targeted for crime while I’m outside of my home environment. Wearing a gas mask would draw a LOT of attention to me.
I appreciate your thoughts. https://theprepared.com/gear/reviews/best-gas-mask-respirator-survival/  https://www.asma.org/asma/media/asma/Travel-Publications/HEALTH-TIPS-FOR-AIRLINE-TRAVEL-Trifold-2013.pdf  https://sf.gov/information/masks-and-face-coverings-coronavirus-pandemic