- Dermatologist Marc Glashofer said that it’s possible to be burnt on a plane
- Experts claim that UVA rays – unlike UVB – can penetrate the window glass
- Boots Pharmacist warns you’re more likely to get burnt at a higher altitude
Next time you’re packing your 100ml liquids into a plastic bag in the airport, be sure to include your sunblock.
This advice follows one expert’s claims that passengers on an aeroplane can actually be sunburnt at 30,000ft, as UVA rays – unlike UVB – can penetrate the glass.
Dermatologist Marc Glashofer M.D. stated that it is possible for someone sitting in the window seat to be burnt by the worst of the two types of ultraviolet rays.
Expert advice on avoiding the sun exposure on a plane includes pulling the shade over the window when possible on a plane, even if it is cloudy or wet outside
Speaking to Conde Nast Traveler, Glashofer, a New Jersey-based The Dermatology Group staff member said that getting burnt while travelling on a plane can be something to worry about as it’s a normal burn.
Despite the fact that normal UVB rays are blocked by the aircraft windows, UVA rays – which can potentially cause skin cancer – are not. And the risk of burning is increased at a higher altitude, warns Boots UK Pharmacist Angela Chalmers.
Speaking to MailOnline Travel, Chalmers said: ‘Most windows on planes don’t always block UVA rays, and a higher altitude means stronger ultraviolet rays too.’
The danger from sunburn is if there is damage caused to your DNA because ultraviolet rays release harmful molecules into the skin, which increase the chance of cells mutating and can lead to cancer.
In a recent study, JAMA Dematology revealed that just 60 minutes on a plane could expose pilots in the cockpit to the same level of ultraviolet radiation as a 20-minute session on a tanning bed.
Glashofer said: ‘As a passenger, you’re up against a smaller window and far less cumulative exposure. Still, over time, hours in the sun – yes, even by a window – add up, increasing your risk of skin cancer.’
Speaking to MailOnline Travel, Boots UK Pharmacist Angela Chalmers, said: ‘If you’re sitting in the window seat on a daytime flight, ensure you’re protected by packing a handy 100ml sun screen in your carry on to use’
Expert advice on avoiding the sun exposure on a plane includes pulling the shade over the window when possible on a plane, even if it is cloudy or wet outside.
Chalmers told MailOnline Travel: ‘If you’re sitting in the window seat on a daytime flight, ensure you’re protected by packing a handy 100ml sun screen in your carry on to use.’
Speaking to MailOnline Travel, Dr Maryam Zamani, an aesthetic doctor at the Cadogan Clinic in London, said: ‘You should always wear sunscreen, even on a plane. There can definitely be UVA and B exposure on a plane, through the windows.
‘It has been documented that aeroplane windshields do not completely block UVA radiation and that pilots are likely at increased risk from skin cancer.
‘This radiation can be even higher when flying over snow fields or thick clouds which reflect UV radiation.
‘The fact that UVA radiation is not blocked out means, that there is increased incidence of wrinkling, skin ageing as well as skin cancer.’
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online