Dirtiest places when you fly

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am I eating this from a clean, hygienic surface

am I eating this from a clean, hygienic surface?

I wouldn’t say that I was fastidious about hygiene. I don’t a few crumbs still laying on the breakfast table overnight but I do dislike seeing ingrained found stuck in the corners of fold up tables on planes, trains or anywhere else.

Now a new study from Travelmath has identifies those same tables as being the dirtiest place you are likely to find on planes followed by overhead air vents, the flush button on airline toilets and seat belt buckles.

The website sent a microbiologist to collect 26 samples from five airports and four flights to get the results. Tray tables turned out to be 195% percent more likely to contain bacteria than the average mobile phone. The study also revealed that the dirtiest places in airports are the drinking fountains and the locks on toilet doors.

Drexel Medical has also identified tray tables as grubby and that you should avoid as much contact as possible. It also adds to the list of other germ ridden surfaces to avoid. It says that seat pockets are one of the dirtiest places because people stuff almost any old thing into them such as used sweet wrappers. The company claims that they have found nail clippers, chewing gum and even dirty nappies in them. The advice from them is not to use seat pockets at all and after reading what they have found there, I am inclined to agree.airline-hygiene-exposed-graphictravelmath

The other things that it suggests you avoid include the reading material in the seat pockets because these will have been probably have been handled by dozens of passengers before you. The suggestion? Bring your own reading material.

You can’t really avoid the toilets if you are on a longish flight but they suggest hand sanitisers after visiting them. Drexel also has concerns about the in-seat entertainment system suggesting that many fingers will have fiddles with the buttons and you don’t know how clean those fingers were. They also point to the cleanliness of blankets and pillows but in my experience, these are often in sealed plastic so they should be clean.

What does this say about airlines? How often do they deep clean everything? Can they really hygienically clean a plane thoroughly in the 25 minutes to an hour that they have?

Just about Travel will see what it can find out about cleaning issues on our planes and trains

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