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Working conditions on a plane can be hazardous for your health.

Melanie Lieberman
April 27, 2017

Flight attendants have one of the unhealthiest jobs in the United States, according to Business Insider's analysis of data from the Department of Labor.

With an overall “unhealthiness score” of 62.3 out of 100, flight attendants landed in the top 10, alongside veterinary assistants, anesthesiologists, and several careers in dentistry.

Business Insider used data from the Occupational Information Network to determine which careers had the greatest negative impact on workers’ health. They evaluated six major health risks: exposure to contaminants; exposure to disease and infection; exposure to hazardous conditions; exposure to radiation; risk of minor burns, cuts, bites, and stings; time spent sitting. Even during a routine trip, flight attendants come into contact with some pretty nasty stuff.

“A flight attendant working in close quarters with passengers is more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office,” Andy Kiersz and Rachel Gillett reported.

And that’s to say nothing of the radiation from space, serious jet lag, and long, overnight shifts. The CDC has investigated how these conditions could all potentially cause cancer.

But the top three immediate health risks for flight attendants are exposure to contaminants=, exposure to disease and infections, and exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

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