Here’s why you should NEVER book the window seat on a plane

YOU are sitting happily in your window seat.

You picked it out – you probably even paid a little extra for it!

Medium shot of a girl looking out the window of an airliner while on vacation


Medium shot of a girl looking out the window of an airliner while on vacationPhoto credit: Getty

Why don’t you also want to take a bird’s-eye view of your wonderful holiday destination?

However, according to a dermatologist, the fun seat could be one of the worst seats on an airplane when it comes to your health.

Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Magnus Lynch, Harley Street and NHS Consultant Dermatologist, why window sitting in the air can increase risk of skin cancer and premature aging.

He said: “When you are at higher altitudes, such as on an airplane, the intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases.”

“This means that you may be exposed to higher levels of UV radiation when flying than you are on the ground.”

UV rays come directly from the sun and can seriously damage the skin.

There are two types of UV rays that reach the earth’s surface: UV-B and UV-A.

UV-B radiation causes sunburn and UV-A radiation penetrates deeper into the skin and penetrates even on cloudy days.

Both types can cause skin cancer.

“Although the glass in airplane windows blocks most of the UV-B radiation, it does not completely filter out the UV-A radiation,” explained Dr. magnus

“UV-A rays are longer wavelengths that can penetrate glass and reach the deeper layers of your skin.

“Prolonged exposure to UV-A radiation can lead to skin damage, premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.”

Actually, um a study from 2015 It found that pilots and flight attendants were more than twice as likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, as the general population.

So there is definitely a link between flying and sun damage.

He added, “The glass in airplane windows also doesn’t block visible light, which can cause pigmentation.”

Obviously, the best way to protect yourself from the sun on a plane is to secure a seat on the island.

But don’t worry if you’ve already booked a window seat, Dr. Magnus has some useful tips.

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“To protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, if you’re sitting next to a window on an airplane, you can close the window pane,” the expert said.

“When the screen is open you can put on a broad spectrum sunscreen and wear protective clothing or sunglasses,” he added.

Symptoms of a melonoma

Melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, is diagnosed 16,000 times a year. The deadly cancer kills 2,340 people each year, according to Cancer Research UK.

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new birthmark or a change in an existing birthmark.

But here are eight more signs you need to know:

  1. Mole with a color mix
  2. Big Mole
  3. Mole that changes over time
  4. Swollen mole
  5. bleeding mole
  6. Itchy Birthmark
  7. Encrusted mole
  8. Mole in the form of a line under a nail

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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