Si en los aviones hace tanto frio es por tu seguridad

If penguins could travel, their favorite mode of transportation would surely be airplane. Given the low temperatures that reign in the cabin, they would feel at home, but why? It does not matter if it is summer or winter or if we travel to a more or less hot place. always makes a Polar cold.

The quick answer is simple: it’s cold because the air conditioning is too strong. But that leads to a second question: Is there anything that makes it necessary to bring the thermostat up to such uncomfortable levels? And the answer is yes. If we are cold when we travel by plane, it is basically for our health.

And it is that, despite the pressurization, which keeps us safe from the pressure drops resulting from the increase in height, in maneuvers such as takeoff or landing there are very sudden pressure changes. Furthermore, they join the low oxygen levels that is generated with height, as well as with other factors. This can lead to syncope which, according to a study carried out by ASTM International in 2008, they would correspond to 15%-22% of reported medical incidents on airplanes. And it seems that these syncopes occur more frequently at high temperatures. For this reason, the polar cold in the cabin is a way of keep us safe from fainting.

What is a syncope?

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

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

In the case of airplanes they are quite common and, generally, it seems that they are related to the hypoxia. It is not a dangerous hypoxia, which can cause the death of those who suffer from it. Now, 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, tricks such as temperature control.

Better to be cold on planes than to pass out

On airplanes the probability of hypoxia It is high for several reasons. Height intervenes, but that’s not all. It is also related to a reaction of the Pulmonary ventilation triggered by immobility, drowsiness and gastrointestinal distention.

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

Much more precise thermostats are now beginning to be used, which vary the temperature by rows. Being in the middle of the plane is not the same as being in the queue, so it is important regulate grades specifically. Even so, the result is intense cold.

But it is a necessary cold. Therefore, if you are going to travel by plane, do not complain about the cold. If it were warmer, maybe you would regret having wanted it. Put on a cardigan and enjoy the flight.