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Is there a chance of getting lice from airline pillows?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Lice are passed person to person.
They can only survive about 24 hours elsewhere. So if the airline doesn't use new pillows each time yes it is possible.. I wouldn't spend much time worrying though.

In brief: Yes

Lice are passed person to person.
They can only survive about 24 hours elsewhere. So if the airline doesn't use new pillows each time yes it is possible.. I wouldn't spend much time worrying though.
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes there is.

Infection through indirect contact is called vector transmission.
Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys & seats in a variety of areas. Airline pillows can be a vector. Bring a lint remover with you if concerned.

In brief: Yes there is.

Infection through indirect contact is called vector transmission.
Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys & seats in a variety of areas. Airline pillows can be a vector. Bring a lint remover with you if concerned.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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