An expert has warned that passengers on an aeroplane, especially those sitting in the window seat, can be sunburnt.
Dermatologist, Marc Glashofer, explained that it is possible for someone sitting in the window seat to be burnt by the worst of the two types of ultraviolet rays as the UVA rays, unlike UVB, can penetrate the glass, reported the Daily Mail.
A New Jersey-based dermatology group’s staff member, Glashofer, said that getting burnt while travelling on a plane is something to worry about as it's a normal burn.
Boots UK Pharmacist, Angela Chalmers said: "Most windows on planes don't always block UVA rays, and a higher altitude means stronger ultraviolet rays too."
Damage caused to one’s DNA because of ultraviolet rays can lead to cancer as the rays release harmful molecules into the skin.
Healthline reported on a JAMA Dermatology study which revealed that pilots flying for 56.6 minutes at 30 000 feet receive the same amount of UVA radiation as that from a 20-minute tanning bed session.
"As a passenger, you're up against a smaller window and far less cumulative exposure. Still, over time, hours in the sun - yes, even by a window - add up, increasing your risk of skin cancer," said Glashofer.
An aesthetic doctor at the Cadogan Clinic in London, Dr Maryam Zamani, said: "The fact that UVA radiation is not blocked out means, that there is increased incidence of wrinkling, skin ageing as well as skin cancer."
To avoid sun exposure, experts also advise pulling the shade over the window even if it’s cloudy or wet outside.