The number of passengers traveling by air passing has reached record heights in 2015 by transporting over 2 billion souls. Sedentary air travel is more dangerous than when you’re at the office sitting around due to the environmental and physiological changes that occur during routine commercial flights that can lead to mild hypoxia and gas expansion. These changes exacerbate chronic medical conditions or incite acute in-flight medical events.
There are a lot of reasons why people drink before and during a flight. Some want a drink to calm their nerves, others to help with sleep (which is a horrible idea), out of habit or celebratory (that annoying bachelorette party that doesn’t realize there are other passengers on the flight). Whatever your reason is, the potential costs often outweigh the short-term benefits.