The increased number of farts is all down to the cabin pressure dropping, which makes the stomach bloat
FLYING has a number of effects on the body – your ears pop, your taste goes and you get drunk quicker.
But the most antisocial effect has got to be the increased number of farts that the average passenger lets out.
But why do people fart more on planes and what can you do to limit your gas?
Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen says it is all down to the cabin pressure dropping.
He made the discovery after noticing that his stomach had become bloated on a long-haul flight to New Zealand.
After clocking that his empty water bottle had expanded during the flight, then crumpled when it came back down to earth, he realised that the same could apply to his stomach.
He told the BBC: “The pressure drops and the air must expand into more space.”
According to Jacob, the gas sitting inside the stomach then expands by 30 per cent… and it needs to go somewhere.
There are ways to limit the amount you gross people out though.
By eating more carbohydrates and less fibre at the airport and on the plane, you can limit your bloating.
If the problem is insurmountable though, you could also invest in some “flatulence filtering underwear.”
The pants, made by Shreddies, feature an activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odours.
Passengers aren’t the only ones who suffer from flatulence on planes though, more than 60 per cent of pilots complain of the condition.
Flight attendants also suffer from the problem, as The Sun revealed recently, cabin crew regularly perform aisle checks as an excuse to fart, which they call “crop-dusting.”