Love the aisle seat on a plane? While aisle seats are usually a popular choice for their easy access to the toilet and legroom, it could be the wrong option for winter.

A travel expert has explained why they’d choose to avoid the aisle seat during the winter and it might surprise some tourists.

Yasmin Pekel, travel expert at Blue Cruise, said: “Research indicates that those seated in the aisle are more at risk of catching germs, as you’ll come into contact with a far greater number of people during your flight.

“If you’re concerned about catching something, it’s a sensible idea to choose a window seat instead.”

Winter is usually the worst season for sickness with germs and bugs as people are more likely to spend time inside where it’s easier for things to spread.

Britons have been warned about an outbreak of norovirus with cases of the vomiting bug rising quickly.

Passengers in the aisle seat are much more likely to come into close contact with a range of people than those tucked away in the window seat.

However, travellers shouldn’t be overly concerned. Yasmin added: “Aeroplane air is usually circulated through hospital grade filters, designed to contain and remove bacteria. This means that germs are unlikely to be directly transmitted beyond a metre.”

Planes can be hotbeds for germs as flight attendants often don’t have much to clean the aircraft on a busy schedule.

A former flight attendant previously warned that the tray table is usually one of the dirtiest spots on a plane.

Passengers might use a tray table for much more than eating and there have even been reports of people changing dirty nappies on there.

It’s important to regularly wash your hands to avoid catching norovirus. This should be done with warm water and soap.

Passengers who are unwell should avoid travelling and make sure to stay as hydrated as possible.

Cruise ships can also be hotbeds for germs as many passengers are crowded together in one space.