Member since 20 Jan 2017
Total posts 33
This is a serious question around the digestive system on flights be it short or long haul.
I've had a Google and can determine the reason but I thought I'd throw it out to the frequent flyer community for your own remedies.
Now I like im guessing a lot of flyers do, get quite gassy on flights which is attributed to the change in cabin pressure.
I believe in flying etiquette so the last thing I want to be doing is releasing said gas amongst my fellow passengers.
So I'm wondering if there's any home remedies people use to limit or assist with the bloating on a flight?
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 14 Jun 2017
Total posts 56
I believe farts contribute 30% of the mechanism involved in how planes stay in the air.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 24 Aug 2017
Total posts 22
I dont drink any soft drink before or during flights. I also try and avoid greasy foods, especially fast food beforehand too.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
It's hard to know with noise cancelling headphones if you've made any noise or not....
Member since 01 Apr 2018
Total posts 50
Try and eat light on the flight and have a number 2 before boarding. Also, avoid eating rich sugary food onboard.
Member since 07 Aug 2013
Total posts 164
Avoid eating a three course meal if in business incl champagne/wine! And if an overnighter -
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 433
A few hours before flight, I drink some carbonated water about 600ml and burp and poo and pee, at home.
Member since 30 Aug 2018
Total posts 3
I always select aisle seats (in economy) on long flights for this reason, so I can get up and head to the loo whenever.
Its the poo seaters that you have to sorry about too.
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
Take charcoal tablets.
Member since 27 Aug 2015
Total posts 9
Mint tea throughout the journey
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 250
Gas is a by-product of what is in the bowel. Keep the bowels working. Use the toilet before and during the flight. Avoid constipation by drinking plenty of fluids (preferably not alcohol), and if necessary consuming a healthy amount of fibre in your diet, and using Metameucil capsules when travelling. Gas is generally not a product of your current meal, but from what you've consumed over the previous 24-36 hours.
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
The altitude/pressure makes it harder to smell (linked to reduced taste) and therefore unless someone has shat on your lap I usually don't think you'd notice that much
Member since 19 Aug 2011
Total posts 19
A friend commented once on how awful it was to be ground staff when the door is opened on any long haul flight, because the stench is considerable (those on board have less sense of smell because of the dryness of the cabin and people are quickly acclimatised to their environment). As others have said, it is everything to do with what you ate and drank 24 hours or so before, because it takes many hours for food and liquids to pass through your digestive system, and for your intestinal bacteria to have something to feast on or not - which is the source of it all. Air pressure makes relatively little difference except lower pressure means it is more frequent although not necessarily more voluminous.
Thanks all, appreciate the answers
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