Study Says the Dirtiest Place at the Airport Is in the Security Line

A study uncovered the airport destination with the most germs, and it’s not the bathroom.

Researchers with the University of Nottingham and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare found plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints host the highest level of viruses at airports.

The study was carried out at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during and after peak passenger times in the winter of 2016. Researchers swabbed a variety of surfaces to learn what viruses linger at frequently-touched places at the airport.

Results found proof of viruses on 10 percent of surfaces, with security trays as the most common culprit. Viruses were also found on payment terminals, staircase rails, and passport checking counters. The study found no respiratory viruses were found on toilet surfaces.

The study was published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.

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Source: USA Today