Airport Security Trays You Use Through TSA Has More Germs Than Toilets

posted by Jessica Goodman - 

This study gives you something new to be absolutely horrified by: airport security trays! 😷

Posted by Cosmopolitan on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

You won't believe this! You know the bins you put your shoes, jacket, phones, watches, belts, laptops, iPads, and so forth in when you go through TSA at the airport right? According to a new study, those bins are dirtier than your toilet! 

Published in the BMC Infectious Diseases journal, the study looked to discover what the germiest places in most airports may be. Researchers found evidence of viruses on 10 percent of all the surfaces they tested, which include card machines at shops, staircase rails, passport checking counters, children's play areas, the air, and the fucking nasty security trays. The most common viruses they found include rhinovirus (the cause of the common cold) and influenza.

Since flying on an airplane is just sitting in a rapidly moving tube of germs and farts, researchers are understandably interested in learning more about how viruses are spread along the process of air travel. Perhaps so everyone can better avoid situations where entire planes have to be quarantined because people on board fell violently ill during the trip.

So next time you are at the airport, make to wash your hands like crazy and take all precautions! 

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