Flying doctor says passengers should never chew gum during a flight

Flight tips and travelling advice is always welcome, especially if it makes passengers' journeys more comfortable.

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But one travelling secret you might not be aware of has come from a "flying doctor" and it should make you feel more comfortable.

He has revealed the surprising reason you should never chew gum on a flight.

Speaking to the MailOnline , Ben MacFarlane advised passengers to "forget about chewing gum" to stop your ears hurting at take-off or landing.

He explained: "Chewing makes us swallow more air – just like fizzy water."

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Adding: "It’s also a choke-risk in turbulence or bumpy landings. Wiggling your lower jaw and doing some big fake yawns sorts your ears out more safely."

Speaking about excessive gas, which can also be caused by chewing gum, Ben said: "Excessive gas is never fun on a plane, especially for the people sitting next to you.

"So why get more bloated and put extra oxygen into your system?"

He added: "Cutting out fizzy water (and saying no to Champagne, if you’re lucky enough to be offered it) makes everyone more comfortable."

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