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Why do we act so weird on airplanes? There may be a scientific explanation for rampant emotions

| | July 24, 2019

Lady Gaga fills the tiny back-of-seat airplane screen. Then, (spoiler alert) A Star Is Born’s tragic ending ensues and the waterworks begin. 

Amanda Wind, an airline passenger taking an early morning flight, felt tears welling up in her eyes. Soon, her sobs were so loud, she had roused several other passengers from their sleep.

Her uncontrollable crying is not out of the ordinary. Neither are bizarre beverage orders, tirades against flight attendants or intimate bonds forged with seatmate strangers.

Flying makes people do weird things.

The Boston Globe investigated our propensity for strange behavior on flights and found that the incapacity to regulate emotion might have a scientific explanation. Low air pressure reduces the oxygen in our blood and can affect our design-making and emotion.

The symptoms, related to hypoxia, are probably part of what caused airline passenger Wind’s Bradley Cooper-induced sob-fest, a phenomenon so common there’s a term for it.

Despite our emotions running wild and our cravings out of control, [attendant Kat] Anderson reports that flight attendants usually don’t judge their passengers’ weird behavior.

“It happens enough times and you’re like, ‘oh well, they’re doing that again,’ Anderson says. “It just becomes normal.”

Read full, original post: Cool Your Jets! Science Might Explain Your Weird And Emotional Airplane Behavior

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