There are lots of reasons to feel uncomfortable on a plane (like people screaming about politics), but I think we can all agree that the increased need to fart is the worst.
That's right, I said it. We need to talk about it, guys. If you're someone who experiences flatulence on airplanes, I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. In fact, there's a science-backed reason as to why you might feel more gassy while you're up in the air. FART SCIENCE.
Physician and former president of the International Society of Travel Medicine Dr. David Shlim told The Huffington Post that the scientific name for this phenomenon is HAFE, which stands for High Altitude Flatus Expulsion. The term was first coined in the 1980s by researchers who observed mountain climbers experiencing flatulence at high altitudes. As it turns out, their research also applies to airline passengers.