Excuse Me! Science Finally Explains Why We Fart More On Planes
Human beings fart more on airplanes, and Danish doctor Jacob Rosenberg has the reason why.
The University of Copenhagen professor recently flew to New Zealand and noticed that his stomach had become bloated during the trip.
He then looked at his empty water bottle and realized that like his stomach, it too had expanded in mid-air only to compress upon landing.
Rosenberg told the BBC,
The pressure drops and the air must expand into more space.
Human beings fart about 10 times a day, releasing up to roughly a liter of gas by the time 24 hours have passed.
The drop in pressure on an airplane causes gasses inside the stomach to expand to the point where they can fill 30 percent more volume.
So you always feel like you have to fart when you’re flying because gas just keeps blowing up inside of you, beckoning to be released.
Holding it in will be even more uncomfortable, Rosenberg says, and possibly even kill you if you’re a “frail old person.”
The best way to reduce farts is eating foods that leave less waste like fish, rice and dairy.
These three items also produce the least foul-smelling farts due to their lack of sulfur, which is also why airline food tends to be high in carbohydrates and low in fiber.
Rosenberg additionally found several Denmark airlines are putting charcoal filters in airplanes because they can absorb a wide range of odors.
You can even purchase underwear lined with charcoal that is said to eliminate odor completely.
Some other interesting facts about flatulence from the BBC: Women fart just as much as men, and a study from the late 90s found female farts to actually smell worse than those from men.
What fun it must have been to judge that contest.