Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

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Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

Postby ussyorktown » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:11 pm

(Because of my loud Rotex engine, I don't fear that any sound that I emit will offend)

Scientists clear passengers to fart on flights
By QMI Agency


We don't need this kind of encouragement.Image

In their report titled, 'Flatulence On Airplanes: Just Let It Go,' published in the New Zealand Medical Journal Friday, a team of British and Danish gastroenterologists suggest it's healthier to pass wind than fight the turbulence brewing within.Image

We tend to fart more on a plane because of changes in the volume of intestinal gasses as cabin pressure changes, they said, and restraining gas could lead to a raft of "significant drawbacks" including discomfort, pain, bloating, indigestion, stress and heartburn.
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As well, battling the body's need to break wind could be problematic for those afflicted with fart incontinence or those who had fallen asleep, leaving both groups open to the embarrassment of involuntary farts triggered by turbulence, coughing and sneezing.

Other than assaulting fellow passengers' nasal passages, taking the advice of the researchers has other drawbacks.

"Obviously, proximity to other passengers may cause conflict and stigmatization of the flatulating individual," the team said.Image

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Re: Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

Postby designrs » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:57 am

Funny, I never really feel the urge to fart while flying. I think farting it has more to do with chemistry (after eating burritos) than air pressure change with altitude.

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Re: Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

Postby drseti » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:55 am

Moved to "medical issues" on the assumption the original poster was actually interested in the medical implications, not just the perceived humorous aspects of the topic.
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Re: Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

Postby ussyorktown » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:17 am

Thanks Mom.

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Re: Farting as gain altitude ~MD's give you the A-OK

Postby newamiga » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:25 pm

Funny they used to tell us to not eat pizza and greasy gas inducing foods the night before our altitude chamber rides when I was in the USAF. That of course was a challenge to see who could be the most flatulent in the chamber the next day. Trust me there is definitely a correlation between altitude, pressure and pizza consumption with flatulence :)

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