What is Cosmic Radiation and do you know its effect on you as a cabin crew?
Cosmic radiation are showers of high energy particles, including X-rays, that constantly hit the earth and are mainly produced by exploding stars and black holes.
At ground level this normally isn’t a problem for you, but when you fly, you travel at altitudes where the atmosphere is thinner, leaving you more exposed to these cosmic rays.
Three Factors That Affect The Amount Of Exposure To Cosmic Radiation:
The higher we go, the greater the dose
The closer we get to the poles, the greater the dose.
The longer we stay in air, the greater the dose
For example, a flight from Chicago to Beijing over the polar cap is estimated to give you the same dose of radiation as two chest X-rays!
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