Security bins the dirties place in the airport, study says

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 9, 2018

"The team set out to identify and quantify the respiratory viruses on frequently-touched surfaces in airports", said the University of Nottingham statement.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare wrote in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases that live viruses - including rhinovirus and influenza - were found on 10 per cent of the surfaces tested at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, including payment terminals, staircase railings, passport-checking counters, and children's play areas.

Feeling sick after a vacation is pretty normal if you spent some time on airplanes and in airports.

Splash News/NewscomIn case travelers needed another reason to dislike the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a new study shows that one of the dirtiest parts of the airport can be found in the security line. The study also notes that because the plastic trays are non-porous, virus survival is prolonged.

Four of eight samples collected from security screening trays tested positive for respiratory viruses such as deno, influenza A, rhino and human corona OC43. The unlikely suspects that are hotspots for illnesses include plastic toys in the children's playground, the buttons of the payment terminal at the in-house pharmacy, and the passenger side desk at the passport control point.

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"The presence of microbes in the environment of an airport has not been investigated previously", said virology expert Niina Ikonen from the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, The Guardian reported.

Those plastic airport security trays-so convenient, so filled with germs and bacteria. Rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, is most common in airport surfaces.

Of course, interacting with these surfaces, whether before you fly or on board, is no guarantee of picking up a virus.

Unfortunately, the findings of a recent study suggest one of the most contaminated surfaces in the airport is one you can't avoid: the security screening trays.

Your best bet? Wash your hands as much as possible and keep the trusty hand sanitizer on standby.

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