How People Stay Germ-Free on Flights

When I wrote for Suite101 I posted a poll asking if people fear germs in airplanes. What choices do frequent flyers have to prevent the flu? Here are people’s answers:

“I don’t touch anything if I can help it”

Most readers (a whopping 40%) chose the unreliable but totally appealing method of “not touching things on planes.” Touching things is pretty hard to avoid if you think about it, especially on long flights that require constant viligance. Germs lie everywhere in airplanes – on arm rests, light and call buttons, overhead bin handles, bathroom doors and flush buttons, tray tables and window shades.

With some juggling around – using your elbows and sleeves, for example, to manipulate things – you can reduce the amount of direct contacts. You can also wash your hands frequently after touching people and things, avoid touching your face, religiously apply germ santizers, or wear surgical gloves.

Someone should step forward and be brave enough to wear surgical gloves on a plane.

But, the problem still remains even if you touch nothing – microbial germs are also in the air, from people coughing, sneezing, talking and simply breathing. Since “not breathing” is not an option, wearing a face mask could help.

No one seems brave enough to risk looking ridiculous wearing a mask as yet, either.

“I sedate myself with booze in flight”

20% of Business Traveler readers indicated that a steady supply of airline booze was a great way to fight off infection while flying. Perhaps this is simply wishful thinking or even rationalization, but it’s a known fact that alcohol, and especially red wine, contains helpful antioxidants. Alcoholic spirits are also a time-honored disinfectant for field surgery.

However, there is no proof that liquor can vanquish the flu, or even a cold. And remember, alcohol also dehydrates the body, which is not useful for a tip-top, healthily functioning immune system.

The third choice was a tie between:

“I swear by Airborne” and “I take First or Business Class and don’t worry about it,” with each taking 15% of the votes.

Airborne seems helpful if taken correctly, which is a bit of work; one needs to down the tablets in water before the flight, during the flight, and after the flight. Airborne isn’t cheap, but at least it tastes okay. If travelers are mindful to keep on schedule, the Vitamin C, zinc, antioxidants and other helpful herbs seem to do the trick in staving off nasty post-flight respiratory infections.

Taking First or Business Class is also highly recommended if one has the means. Seats are further apart, there is a private bathroom and fewer sick children coughing on the back of your seat. You get decent meals with healthy vegetables and fruit. Frequent soothing hot beverages and even hotter face towels flow like wine.

Will a better flight class keep you from getting sick? Well, probably not – even those on an expense account can catch a cold and spread it to the rest of the luxury passengers. But at least you will be further apart from your neighbors. You might even get some restful, healing sleep in those comfy horizontal sleep pods.

“I drink soothing, hydrating herbal teas or orange juice”

Only 10% of readers chose to imbibe juices or hot teas to keep dry, infectious plane air at bay. Perhaps most readers would rather drink the booze, or rely on Airborne instead of O.J.

So there it is: drink a lot in first class while touching nothing and popping your Airborne.

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Featured Media Post: An Interview With RunPee Mom

Dearest – RunPee Mom – enjoying a press day in Aruba.

Ginger “Sarcasm is my middle name” Gardner, AKA Dearest, best known here as RunPee Mom, is a staunch supporter and utterly crucial pillar to the RunPee enterprise. She sees movies every week – sometimes more than one film – and carries the ball for the business when the rest us of have to drop it. She most often gets Peetimes for the kiddie flicks, but is happy to see serious dramas, lighthearted comedies, and (almost) anything in between, as needed. RunPee Co-Creator Jill decided to highlight her important work and history with us.

Jilly: Hey, Dearest. Do you like seeing movies for work each week?

Ginger: I love it. It’s what I live for. Because I love movies, and enjoy providing a very good service for movie-goers. And I love to be proud of my son [RunPee Creator Dan] for having developed it, and I am proud of being a part of it.

J: What are your first memories of RunPee?

G: When my son told me he had this idea in his mind, I thought, “Well, I’m not going to discourage him. He sets his mind to something – it will happen. He takes kooky ideas and makes them great.” I remember the first movie I did Peetimes for: Drag Me to Hell. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I was not accustomed to watching a movie and writing. My learning curve was, “What makes a good Peetime?” I’ve now seen movies for RunPee all over the United States.

J: I remember you were the first person to think to get us real publicity for RunPee. What was your idea?

G: I remember on Saturday mornings I would listen to Leo Laporte’s AM radio show. I was addicted to listening to him – I loved his voice and his tips. He loves new things. I called Dan and told him to call LaPorte and they did an interview, and that was when NPR heard it and also called on Dan for an interview. It really took off when Dave Barry heard about RunPee and got involved. That was huge.

J: Lol, true. There even was a RunPee limerick posted on Dave Barry’s site. That was cool. What is your favorite part of this work?

G: Actually watching the movies – watching them with a critical eye. Not seeing movies just for pleasure, but for others to see my work. I try to do as good a job as possible, to provide a pleasurable experience. Truly, a critic should rate a movie based on the target audience. There are no movies out there for everybody. Sometimes I am at a total loss myself as to who the target audience is. Like with Moonlight, I walked out of there furious. Who was the audience? Then there is The Good Dinosaur. A really good little movie, but the critics slammed it for ‘having been done’. The target audience is CHILDREN, and for them it hasn’t been done. They are a new audience every year.

J: I know the professional critics are a “thing” with you. I like your reviews, and how you direct them at the audience who would most like the film in question. Besides those critics irking you, what would you say is the worst part of working for RunPee?

G: I can’t go run and pee during a movie. I have been known to make a two-minute run and come back in – I wait until I get a really good Peetime first.

J: What are your favorite movie genres?

G: Historical movies. But they can be frustrating because you know the true history, and they get it wrong. Take Braveheart. They took a lot of latitude with the real story, but I love it. I think Private Ryan is THE real historical movie to go see. It’s a damn fine piece of historical drama, even if it is fiction. I can watch about any doggone movie. They don’t make me cry – that never happens to me. Except recently The Shack made my heart clench – it was heart rending – I did get choked up in this one scene.

J: And your favorite movies?

G: I have quite an eclectic list. The Green Mile, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Hacksaw Ridge, Signs, Fargo, Close Encounters, Lincoln, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Years a Slave, Thelma and Louise, Toy Story (all of them were extraordinary), Snow White, Cinderella. All of those are my top movies. And Wizard of Oz – wait, no, save that for RunPee Sis!

J: You can have it too. What would you like the future of RunPee to be?

G: Becoming more widely used throughout the world. I think there will be an increase in the number of downloads. It’s not a very old app – only 6 or 7 years – it’s not reached its peak. It’s exciting to see! I look forward to it becoming a household word. I expect that it will. I know it will have reached its peak when it becomes the final Jeopardy question – “The Category is Apps.”

J: We WERE an answer to a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? As I recall, the contestant got that one wrong. Poor dude. He should have known. 🙂 So, what would you like to tell people about RunPee?

G: RunPee was developed by a family, owned as a family-run operation. We saw all the movies and got this off the ground ourselves. We put our heart and soul into this. We’re no conglomerate. We take so much pride in the family business. – Bathroom Breaks Can’t Ruin Holiday Movies Bathroom Breaks Can’t Ruin Holiday Movies, an online service, tags the best peetimes for much awaited holiday blockbusters.

Orlando, FL (August 19) –, an innovative online service for movie buffs, is turning out to be a must-have for the holiday movie season. lets readers know the best times to “run” and “pee” during a movie.

Its breaktime tagging service will definitely cover the much-awaited movies of the holidays, from the “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon,” to the children’s book adaptation, “Where The Wild Things Are,” as well as other movies scheduled for the holiday season: “Avatar,” “2012,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “A Christmas Carol.”

“With RunPee, there’s no more squirming in your chair, wondering if you should dash to the bathroom now or hold it in for a few more minutes,” says Dan Florio, creator of and the RunPee app.

“And definitely, there’s no more missing the best parts because you couldn’t hold it in any longer. No more sacrificing your bladder for your movie viewing pleasure,” Florio adds, “I’ve gone ahead and identified which parts of the movie you can miss if you really need to make a run for the bathroom.”, also available as an iPhone app for 99 cents, is rich with features to help users enjoy their movies:

  1. It identifies which parts of movies can be missed for a bathroom break, without missing crucial scenes.
  2. It gives a recap of the missed scenes, so the user can catch up with the movie.
  3. The app has a timer that synchronizes with the movie, so the user is alerted when a peetime is approaching. A vibration alert feature is coming soon.
  4. It gives peetimes for many movies, which are currently playing.

Fans of include moviegoers who need to take at least one bathroom break during a movie: pregnant women; parents of young children; senior citizens; people with small bladders; and those who are suffering from bladder infection, prostate issues or incontinence.

However,’s break times also come in handy for those who need to leave the movie house for other reasons, such as to make a phone call or buy more popcorn and drinks.

Movie peetimes used to be available online only through, but now iPhone and iPod Touch users (wifi required) can bring this convenient bladder saver with them into the moviehouse.

The website has been widely acclaimed by CNET, NPR, the New York Times, Calgary Sun, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and Comedy Central. The app is fast becoming an indispensable tool to movie buffs, sitting at the number 16th Entertainment Download for iPhone applications.

For more information, or to arrange for an interview, contact Dan Florio at The 1.99 app is available at

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What is RunPee – Really?

bladder diagram from Wikipedia

Have you ever watched a movie in the theater and just had to pee – really badly – by the end of the movie? You don’t want to leave your seat, because you could miss something important. Your only options are to either: wait for the movie to end, or run and pee during what seems to be a break in the action. And when you sit back down, you sheepishly lean over and ask, “what did I miss?” …only to realize you really picked the wrong time to go.

Now you don’t have to wonder when to make your move. There’s an easier, third option:

Before going to a movie you visit, select the movie that you are going to see, and find out what would be the best time to…well.. RunPee. will tell you approximately when a particular PeeTime occurs, what sort of cue to look for and a short synopsis of what happens during the few minutes that you’ll be away. You no longer have to ask, “What did I miss?” is a wiki based website. That means people like you contribute the content. So if you go and see a movie that doesn’t have any entries you can add your own suggestions as to when to RunPee. You can even modify an existing PeeTime if you see something that you can improve.


Tips to Prevent Catching Swine Flu at the Movies

You can still go to the movies this Fall, Swine Flu or no Swine Flu. The trick is being smart about public places. hand sanitizing wipes can help prevent the flu

First off, and most importantly – if you are SICK, then stay home. It’s crucial to be considerate of others and not pass along what you’ve unfortunately caught. If your kids are sick, then keep them home too. Drink fluids and rest. Catch up on your Netflix queue. The Center for Disease Control (the CDC) offers tips to help you recover from your bug.

If you’re healthy, then you’d probably like to stay that way. You can still get out of the house and enjoy a new film!

Here are RunPee’s suggestions to avoid catching the H1N1 (swine flu) Virus at the cinema:

  • Pay for your movie tickets with plastic. Cash gets passed through many hands and an object carrying the flu virus can, according to the CDC, “survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited.” You probably know at least where your credit and debit cards have been recently.
  • Try not to touch cinema door handles or seat arm rests too often. If you do, try not to touch your face, and then go wash your hands. RunPee offers suggestions on good times to head to the restroom if you feel the need to wash up during a film.
  • Bring along some anti-microbial gel and remember to use it after you get comfortable at your seat. The CDC recommends using an alcohol-based gel, reporting that gels should be “rubbed into hands until they are dry.” It’s still best to actually wash your hands when you can, but studies suggest a good hand sanitzer can help prevent catching a virus through touch.
  • You could even wipe the arm rests down with a household cleansing tissue like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Stick a few wipes in a baggie and keep them in your purse for times like this.
  • If people are persistently coughing behind you, don’t be afraid to move to another set of seats. You might annoy someone by getting up and moving, but it’s better for you to not catch a possible flu, or to have your film enjoyment marred by Swine Flu worries. You can select a PeeTime and then just move to another area in the theater.
  • Don’t share your sodas. Everyone should have their own sodas and own bags of snacks at the movies. Don’t let anyone put their hand in your box of candies or popcorn. It sounds selfish, but it’s just the best way to prevent catching and/or spreading viruses.
  • Remember to wash your hands after eating your movie snacks.
  • When you run to the restroom, don’t use your hands to flush toilets, turn on sinks or open doors. Get creative – use your foot to flush, your sleeve to open doors and lock toilet stalls, use paper towels to turn sinks off and on. Become conscious of things you touch with your hands.
  • That said, you still need to wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand santizer after using theater restrooms. The Mayo Clinic recommends using simple but thorough handwashing practices.
  • It might not hurt to be healthy in general – take your vitamins, get some rest, eat right and take up yoga (or whatever you do to decrease your daily stress levels). 🙂

How does the Flu Spread?

The CDC warns: “Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, for example, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.”

Be Prepared

The lesson here? Don’t be paranoid of the Swine Flu, but do be aware. Wash your hands (it can’t be said enough), don’t touch anything you don’t have to, and don’t sit next to sick people at the cinema.

Amazon sells alcohol-based hand sanitzer,Clorox Disinfecting Wipesand Vitamins at good prices. You also get free shipping for orders over $25. Stock up on things before you need them!

Don’t forget to print out your free PeeTimes for the cinema, or use the iPhone mobile RunPee App to help you decide when to run to to the restroom during your movie.

Did you mean Rupee?

RunPee has gotten huge props in the media. But the geek in me is really impressed with this: do a Google search for “runpee”

I just love it. Google asks, “Did you mean RunPee?

google: did you mean runpee
It was not that long ago that Google used to ask, “Did you mean Rupee?” As in money, Rupies. I used to tell my wife, “someday, we’re going to enter in Rupee and it will ask us, ‘Did you mean RunPee?’ …that will be something!”

Yeah, honey.

The Ten Types of People you’ll see Using RunPee

Who needs RunPee? We’d like to say everyone. But we’ll admit some need movie breaks, AKA PeeTimes, more than most.

wiki commons movie theater

Here’s our Top Ten List of RunPee Users, in no particular order:

  1. Pregnant Women
  2. Moms with Young Kids in the theater
  3. Small Bladdered Types (you know who you are. I am one)
  4. Senior Citizens (with all due respect)
  5. Anyone with a Bladder Infection, Prostate Issues, or Incontinence
  6. Anyone interested in Drinking Soda during a movie
  7. People needing to make a Phone Call (we tell you when it’s safe to hit the lobby)
  8. People needing a run to Restock at the Concession Stand (Twizzlers and Mountain Dew, definitely)
  9. Anyone Arriving Late to the showing (thus missing the chance to hit the restrooms beforehand)
  10. Everyone watching a Long, Long LONG Epic Film (sure, maybe you can hold it over three hours – but who WANTS to? And plus, that’s really not good for you)

Remember, a bladder is a terrible thing to hold. 🙂

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RunPee is Tweeting Too Hard

We found a cute Tweet meme called TweetingtooHard and wanted to be a part of it. Basically, it’s a application where people submit boastful, self-serving, backpatting tweets.

Here is Dan’s beaut:

RunPee: “Trying real hard to keep it humble.But 15,900 results for Googling “RunPee Genius” is making it difficult.”


We’re at Number Three in the What’s Hot category and gunning for number one. Help us show just how self-aggrandizing we can be by giving us a few more pats on the back:

Yes, take me to TweetingtooHard so I can help stroke your insignificant ego! <———

All we have to say is: BWAHAHAHA.

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Free Potty Training Kit to help “Borderline” Diaper-Wearing Kids

You’re just on the verge of toilet days, and ready to leave the diapers behind for good. You hope. Planning how to dress the behind of your young toddlers when going out can be irksome. You wonder whether they’re ready for the “big boy pants” at the new G-Force movie or GI Joe. pampers giveaway

Pampers is here to help to help you over the peeing hump with a free Potty Training Kit Giveaway!

We at RunPee hope this freebie item might help you get to enjoy seeing movies with your children. Grab your goodie, print out a few free PeeTimes (or use your iPhone RunPee app) and prepare to actually sit and watch a film with your child. Let us know how it works!