One thing you should, but probably never do on a plane

Kristine Tarbert

Experts say that all passengers should be doing this on every flight, but it’s probably something you never knew about.

While we always think of putting sunscreen on when going to the beach or spending the day outdoors, has it ever crossed your mind to apply before you fly?

Turns out that it is something that pilots do every time given they are surrounded by very large windows. And thought the windows throughout the rest of the plane aren’t as big, it can get pretty bright outside.

Experts advise to wear sunscreen when flying. Photo: Getty

Pilots are at higher risk of skin cancer and sun-induced damage as they sit in bright light,” Dr Sweta Rai of the British Association of Dermatologists told Sun Online Travel.

“The windows they sit at when piloting the plane are huge and as a result they wear sunscreen as standard. But passengers on flights should take heed and do the same.”

She pointed out that while the windows may be smaller, you’re closer to the ozone layer on a flight by tens of thousands of feet.

You are closer to the ozone layer by thousands of feet. Photo: Getty

“The sun’s rays are much more harmful at this level and we should all be wearing sun scream when flying,” she said.

A simple way to stay protected is to use a moisturiser with an SPF of 30, that way your skin stays hydrated and won’t burn.

On top of this, Dr Rai also recommends wearing sunglasses on a long-haul flight, which pilots do.

She also recommends wearing sunglasses, just like the pilots. Photo: Youtube

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