Airport security trays are even nastier than toilets

The simple act of going through airport security before jetting off to sunnier climes could actually make you ill, according to a new study.

What's the most germ-filled spot in an airport?

In a new study by pandemic experts, those trays have been found to harbor the highest levels of viruses at airports - more so than toilets.

About 10 percent of what you touch at the airport is carrying a virus - and the most heavily infested place is one you can not avoid.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom swabbed a variety of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during the winter of 2016.

No respiratory viruses were found on toilet surfaces.

Germaphobes will be horrified to find out they found evidence of viruses on 10% of all the surfaces they tested.

Facebook outages reported by users in multiple countries
Both the mobile application and the desktop versions of the Facebook-owned sites were crashed due to certain technical issues. Many users immediately took to Twitter to check what was going on and express their distress with the issue.

Vanilla Ice Wrapped Up In Emirates Quarantine Drama
On Twitter , Emirates Airlines wrote: " Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill". Health officials were allowing the remaining passengers to disembark only after checking each one for symptoms, Phillips said .

Stolen "Wizard Of Oz" Ruby Slippers found After 13 Years
But the slippers reported to have been in the collector's mansion were phonies and divers found nothing at the bottom of the pit. The shoes were stolen from a glass case in The Judy Garland Museum in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in August 2005.

Jonathan Van Tram, a professor of health protection at the University of Nottingham and co-author of the study, had this advice: "People can help to minimize contagion by hygienic hand washing and coughing into a handkerchief, tissue or sleeve at all times but especially in public places".

The findings, published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, could help improve public health strategies in the fight against the spread of infectious diseases worldwide.

Numerous surfaces we touch on a daily basis harbor and can spread germs. But air travel is known to accelerate the worldwide spread of diseases such as the flu, released naturally, and potentially of others released intentionally.

At the conclusion of the study centered on Helsinki Airport, the researchers concluded that airports should offer hand sanitizer to travelers before and after each security checkpoint, and that the baggage trays should be cleaned and disinfected more frequently.

Researchers say rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, was the most common virus found, but the study also picked up the influenza A virus. But previous research had proved that microbes can survive on various surfaces for several days.

The study notes that "hand washing and coughing hygiene are crucial to the control of contagious infections in public areas with high volumes of people passing through, " but that is apparently too much for some people.

Latest News