Getting ill after flying on a plane can be really worst. The reason behind your illness after travelling could be the things present inside in your flight. Didn’t understand? Well airports and planes are prime breeding grounds for bacteria.
But which surfaces are the dirtiest of all? We will highlight dirtiest areas on a plane that can make your holiday a worst nightmare. Carry good memories not germs!
Airplane tray tables are dirtiest
Website Travelmath.com sent a microbiologist to check just how dirty airports and planes can be. They took 26 samples from five U.S. airports and four flights by two major carriers.
A study by TravelMath in 2015 found that surfaces of tray table had more than eight times the amount of bacteria per square inch than the lavatory flush buttons. So, avoid eating food directly off the surface and do not put food directly on them.
Here’s the full list of the dirtiest places and surfaces on airplanes and at airports:
- Tray table: 2,155 CFU/sq. in (colony-forming units per square inch)
- Drinking fountain buttons: 1,240 CFU/sq. in.
- Overhead air vents: 285 CFU/sq. in.
- Lavatory flush buttons: 265 CFU/sq. in.
- Seatbelt buckles: 230 CFU/sq. in.
- Bathroom stall locks: 70 CFU/sq. in.
Keep a plan to stay germ free
- Don’t drink any water that doesn’t come in a bottle or can. For example, tea, coffee or mixed drinks, which are made with the plane’s water.
- Only accept caterer ice.
- Wash your hands properly and apply alcohol-based sanitizer afterwards.
- Use bottled water to wet your brush and to rinse your mouth in aircraft lavatory.