The downside of frequent flyer miles

Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The downside of frequent flyer miles

I used to be jealous of the folks boarding a plane first because of their elite status for traveling a gazillion miles a year. I really didn’t want to travel that much to achieve the status. I just wanted to be one of the first people on the plane. But now I have another reason to feel badly for anyone who spends the majority of their month traveling to see customers.

NASA just published a video and online article about a less-than-public fact of frequent flying that will make you rethink the value of your rewards. Especially if you travel internationally. According to the article, “A 100,000 mile frequent flyer gets about 20 chest x-rays, points out Chris Mertens, a senior research scientist at NASA Langley Research Center. This is true regardless of the latitude of the flights.” If you want to check currents on radiation levels before you fly, the NAIRAS website has real-time radiation levels for flights here.

YIKES! Throw in the TSA body scanners you have to pass through just to get on the plane, and you might want to rethink your travel-day attire.  I see a whole new consumer product line opportunity for the manufacturers of lead aprons. And another reason to replace face-to-face visits with well-constructed online video or webinar meetings when you can.

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