Those of us who have been lucky enough to go on a plane know struggle of the dreaded security lines. Having to line up, placing your carry-on belongings into the conveyor belt to go and get x-rayed.
Most of us are normally overwhelmed with some kind of emotion as we go through security to get to our gates. Excited for the new adventure, nervous because we are scared of flying or just flat out bored and going through the motions because we fly so often. But very, very rarely do we ever think about the trays we are emptying our pockets and placing our bags into.
A study published last week in the BioMed Central Infectious Diseases journal found that airport security bins are coated in potentially more germs than a toilet.
For the study, researchers tested swabs from the surfaces of airport bins (as well as the surfaces of toilet bowl lids) at Helsinki Airport. They collected samples weekly at three different points of time during peak flu season in 2015 and 2016. Out of the eight samples they took from the security bins, four contained traces of respiratory viruses like rhinovirus or adenovirus, which can cause cold-like symptoms.
With the thousands of people that use these trays everyday, placing there things in them that have been god knows where, you can see how the germs can pile up. Especially because a lot of us don't think to wash our hands before or after we go through security to our gate lounge...