While the window seat on an airplane may be the most sought-after spot for many passengers, dermatologist Magnus Lynch, who works for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, advises against it according to Dagens.dk.
The Risks of the Window Seat
Many passengers prefer the window seat for its advantages, such as the view and the ability to lean against the wall to sleep.
However, Lynch points out several risks associated with sitting by the window.
According to him, ultraviolet radiation becomes more intense at higher altitudes, exposing you to higher levels of UV radiation compared to being on the ground. This can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and premature aging, as reported by The Sun.
A 2015 study revealed that pilots and cabin crew have twice the risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population.
Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer and is on the rise, according to health authorities. The risk is particularly high when flying towards the equator.
To protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation when sitting next to a window on a plane, you can close the window shade.
If the shade is open, you can apply broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear protective clothing or sunglasses, adds Lynch.
Despite these warnings, many continue to prefer the window seat on flights. However, the next time you book a flight, you might want to think twice before choosing a seat by the window.