It’s dirtier – much dirtier – than you think.
The next time you’re traveling, you might want to carry some hand sanistiser with you.
Here are 10 of the dirtiest spots in airports and airplanes where germs are thriving in plane – um, plain – sight.
They’re everyone’s life-savers, but that’s the thing – so many people have used it before you did.
Right after using one of these nifty kiosks, be sure to sanitise your hands, and avoid touching your face.
NEXT: Water fountains →
We know, we know, they’re another great convenience, especially with the liquid restrictions.
However, according to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) in America, the dirtist spots on public schools are water fountains, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it were the same for airports, too. After all, the human mouth is notorious for containing plenty of bacteria.
NEXT: Bathroom locks →
Just think about it: the bathroom lock is the first thing you touch after cleaning your behind, and tons of people use the airport toilets every day.
NEXT: Electrical switches →
A study done by the University of Houston found that the main light switches are the dirtiest surface in the hotel room, and often contained plenty of fecal bacteria!
Same goes for switches at charging pods in airports. Clean your hands after touching.
NEXT: Airplane lavatory flush button →
As most airplane lavatories require you to physically push a button to flush, it’s the first thing you touch right after wiping yourself.
Plus, it’s probably not as frequently cleaned as, say, the toilet seat itself.
NEXT: Tray tables →
Food aside, these tray tables have at some point also held child’s diapers, barf bags… So before savouring your in-flight meal on your table, you might want to wipe it down.
NEXT: Plane seatbelt buckle →
According to Travel Math, an average of 230 colony-forming units of bacteria per square inch could be found on a seatbelt buckle. Eek!
NEXT: Overhead air vent →
Travel Math estimates that about 285 colony-forming units of bacteria per square inch are found in air vents. Oh dear.
NEXT: Airplane seat pockets →
Think about what you stuff into these airplane seat pockets on your flight: dirty tissues, trash, and more. Mind you, that’s also what the passengers before you put in there.
NEXT: Airport carpets →
No matter how clean airport carpets look, never ever lie or sleep on the carpeted surfaces of the airport. Thousands of people step on these floors every day! You mightn’t feel the dust as obviously as you would on a concrete surface, but they’re there.
NEXT: Touch screen ticket kiosks→
By Atika Lim, Singapore Women’s Weekly, November 2016
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