One of the unavoidable hassles of flying is dealing with airport security.
The lead authors of the article, who hailed from Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare and the University of Nottingham, concluded that the screening trays “appear commonly contaminated” and that they are one of the surfaces at an airport where passengers are most likely to pick up harmful viruses.
“We found the highest frequency of respiratory viruses on plastic trays used in security check areas for depositing hand-carried luggage and personal items,” the scientists wrote in their journal article. “These boxes typically cycle with high frequency to subsequent passengers, and are typically seized with a wide palm surface area and strong grip.”
In fact, that means airports “can serve as a potential risk zone.”
The most infected spots in the airports are the security checkpoint trays.
Airport security bins are gross!
In other words, they are a terrorist’s dream — and possibly a bigger threat than what airport security may be guarding against. And by the way, TSA now instructs passengers to put food and snack items in these contaminated bins.
What’s the takeaway for passengers looking to make it to their destination without getting sick?
Bring hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes on the plane, which should kill any bacteria or germs living on surfaces like the tray table, seat belt, or armrest.
Bring EVEK Disposable Barrier Bags to ensure your personal items and electronics won’t come into contact with the disgusting TSA security checkpoint bins.
The fellow sick passengers touch the bins, they even put their dirty tissue sand handkerchiefs in them before going through the nude-o-scope.
And most of us assumed, I think, that TSA weren’t doing much to wash or sanitize bins.
But if you know what to expect and you arrive at the airport prepared, you can get through the security line with ease.
Stay Healthy. Stay Secure