The dirtiest spots at the airport apart from the bathroom

Have a guess which is the dirtiest place at the airport …

The dirtiest spots at the airport apart from the bathroom

When you think about airports and the masses roaming through each day, it’s not a surprise to learn that they are one of the germiest places on the planet.

But if you had to guess which is the dirtiest place at the airport, you’d probably get it wrong.

Most people would assume it’s the bathroom. But no, no, it’s not …

Studies conducted on 18 major US airports, where swab tests were used to identify the spots with the highest amount of bacteria and fungal cells per square inch (CFU), revealed that the dirtiest place at the airport, with an average of 253,857 CFU, was the self check-in kiosks.

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The second germiest places were the armrests at the gate lounge, with over 21,000 CFU and third were the water fountain buttons with a little over 19,000 CFU.

Next, researchers took to the airplanes, and found that the plane’s toilet flush button contained around 95,145 CFU, making it the dirtiest spot. Tray tables were next, at 11,595 CFU and the seat belt buckle came in third with 1116 CFU.

Considering an airport’s toilet seats averaged around 172 CFU, your first guess was probably waaaay off …

The studies, while relatively shocking, highlight the need to wash your hands with soap and to pack a packet of sanitising hand wipes to clean your tray table, seat belt buckle and other oft-touched surfaces, such as the touch screen and armrests. It would probably pay to be conscious of keeping your hands from your face whenever you fly, too.

Read more at Reader’s Digest



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    31st Mar 2018
    What about the bubblers at the airport(drinking fountains for the Melbournians) that don't bubble up high enough, forcing one to either go thirsty, to back-track half a kilometre to buy a bottle of water at exhorbitant prices, or to put your mouth almost on top of the metal spout where the water oozes out? Surely a disease-ridden spot if ever there was one!
    31st Mar 2018
    mmm trip to the doctor vs a plastic bottle. The later is still much cheaper even though its killing our planet.
    However metal is very germ resistant as its smooth. If you cleaned it first by letting the water flow over it for a period of time I would imagine it would be OK??
    Best solution is to bring your own bottle and empty it if you aren't allowed to take it through customs.
    31st Mar 2018
    Ok - you win - gloves at the airport!
    I wonder what they would do if we sprayed the check-in kiosks with disinfectant before using them.
    31st Mar 2018
    Not surprised by the toilet flush button, that goes for any anywhere. I usually grab a piece of toilet paper and use that then drop it in the toilet quickly. Maybe time for an invention for automatic flushing.
    31st Mar 2018
    Many places already have automatic flushing. At least in Sydney.
    1st Apr 2018
    Having recently suffered the dreaded tummy bug whilst on a cruise ship, despite their best efforts at prevention with hand washing before entering the buffet eatery, I can well believe these findings. Some people do not wash their hands after going to the toilet and then carry the germs onto other surfaces.
    Yup I Know
    2nd Apr 2018
    Ahhh Readers Digest, my must go to for factual information. Most probably get more correct facts from the Archie comics

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