YES, YOU REALLY DO FART MORE ON AIRPLANES, BUT YOU COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
Farting. Passing gas. Maybe even silent but deadly. We all do it. Sometimes we all do it a lot. For some that’s just how it is, gas is a part of your everyday life. But for others it happens only rarely, and therefore seems traumatic. Well, to be fair silent but deadly is always traumatic, for everyone nearby. But speaking of nearby, what about in a closed air system, like on an airplane? Because pretty much everyone farts more when they’re on airplanes. No one is immune. You fart more, too. And you’ll keep right on farting after the flight is over for some time. This is why.
HIGH-ALTITUDE FLATUS EXPULSION IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING FARTING ON A PLANE
It’s called post-flight flatulence. But I rather prefer my own coinage which is farting from flying. But it’s got another acronyzed name, HAFE, or High-Altitude Flatus Expulsion. But really it’s just farting, and maybe just farting with some painful bloating. It’s all about the simple reality of physics. When we fly on an airplane, the air pressure goes down as the plane goes up. But no matter what, you already have some air in your bowels. And when the air pressure goes down, that air in your bowels expands. And that there is what you call air pressure.
SIMPLE PHYSICS EXPLAINS WHY YOU FART MORE ON AIRPLANES, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
And, to be fair, the best way of getting that air pressure out of you is to fart it out, out of you know where. Butt there’s more, of course. If your plane gains altitude quickly it can prevent carbon dioxide from dissolving in the bloodstream, so it diffuses in your bowel, of course, making even more gas you have to fart out. And then there’s the after flight farting fracas. When you sit all cramped on a plane, the air you need to fart simply doesn’t move in your gut. For one, that feels awful. And for another, it sets the stage for a major likely not silent but also not deadly explosive fart.
So if you’re particularly fart averse, don’t eat broccoli or beans before you fly. But depending on who you are, you know what foods make you fart. Don’t eat them before you fly, and try to keep them the friendly skies.