Have you ever wondered about the germs and bacteria on airplanes?
I don’t think of myself as a germaphobe, but have you considered the quality of air and the cleanliness of airplane cabins?
A study was done a few years ago to look at the dirtiest surfaces typically found on airplanes. Here’s the list – with the worst offenders at the top.
Far and away the dirtiest surface is the tray table, which is ten times more susceptible to germs and dirt than the next three surfaces. The air vents, lavatory buttons, and seat belt buckles all had roughly the same amount of contamination. At the bottom were the bathroom locks, which had about a third the amount of dirt/germs as the others.
I’ve often heard the air quality in planes isn’t very good, and it makes sense that an enclosed cabin is a great place for germs and bacteria to hang out. It also stands to reason that with a cabin full of people and limited airflow, germs and airborne illnesses like the flu have a chance to thrive.
Things get even worse if takeoff is delayed and the air ventilation system is off. Studies have shown a great likelihood of illness among passengers when sitting in non-ventilated aircraft for 3 hours or more.
So, with the prevalence of germs on planes, here are eight things you can do to help avoid them and the potential sickness they can bring:
So there you have it, a rundown on some things you can do to help avoid germs and sickness when traveling.