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Travelmath.com sent a microbiologist to gather samples from four flights across five airports to see if there is any truth to that.

Based on what the microbiologist found, airplanes and airports are indeed dirtier than the average home. Surprisingly, the dirtiest spot in these locations is not the bathroom, but instead the tray tables where food is placed. Given the proximity of the dirtiest surface to food, it makes it very possible for bacteria to be directly transmitted into the mouth.

Assessed in colony-forming units per square inch, the following were rated as the dirtiest places on airplanes and in airports:

  • Tray Table – 2,155 CFU/sq. in.
  • Buttons on a drinking fountain – 1,240 CFU/sq. in.
  • Overhead air vent – 285 CFU/sq. in.
  • Button for flushing the toilet – 265 CFU/sq. in.
  • Buckles for seatbelts – 230 CFU/sq. in.
  • Locks for bathroom stalls – 70 CFU/sq. in.

Bathrooms were actually some of the cleaner surfaces tested, which goes against popular notion, and this may be due to them getting more regular cleaning schedules.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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