One of the most exciting moments of our lives is when we get to our seats in that plane, put our seat belts on, and wait impatiently for it to take off into the destination of our dreams.
Many people share the same exciting feeling with us, and as we are all being too blinded by joy, we end up touching and getting in contact with some of the germiest corners in the plane, leading us to spend a vacation with a sick throat or a stuffy nose.
However, it is an interesting idea to realize that people from all over the planet walk the same gates as you at the same airport, admiring the same things, and touching the same surfaces.
As wonderful as it might seem, we still need to break your bubble and show you the same scene but with a different perspective: people from all over the world carry a lot of bacteria and germs from many different places.
They are not all as clean as you are, and you are now touching the same things they do, and by the way, most of them probably were just in the bathroom and didn’t wash their hands… disgusting, I know!
Thanks to a website named Airline Hygiene, they have collected 26 samples from 5 different airports to discover the dirtiest places in the airports where we may carry the worst types of illnesses.
The bathroom lock door
Usually, when we think about the dirtiest place, we automatically think of the toilet, but it is actually the lock door of the bathroom.
It was a surprising finding, but, it makes sense. Anyone who is using the bathroom would definitely need to touch the door lock to open the door, with the hundreds of germs in their hands. The study found out that the lock contains 451 bacteria per square centimeter, which makes the surface pretty risky to touch.
This is why it is necessary to always keep a hand sanitizer with you to just clean your hands one more time when you go back to your seat.
Seat belt buckle
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The results of this study put the seat belt buckles at number five, which is also a surprise since it doesn’t even cross our mind to consider it germy in the first place. But again, it makes sense!
One average buckle contains 1483 bacteria per square centimeter, which is not a small number. We don’t spend much time touching the seat belt, but it is still required to sanitize your hands after touching it.
Just remember how many people have been at your seat and touched the same buckle, especially after coming from the bathroom and touching that door lock without sanitizing.
If you still believe that the number of bacteria located in a bathroom stall is a lot, then you should consider that again. According to the studies, the toilet flusher contains 1709 bacteria per square centimeter only in the toilet flusher.
In the airplane bathroom, or basically, any bathroom, make sure to always close the lid before flushing to avoid getting the bacteria spread everywhere around you (and on you!).
If you can flush the toilet with something other than your hands, do it. And always, always wash your hands and use the hand sanitizer. There are just way too many bacteria and you don’t want to risk it!
The ceiling’s air vent
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At number three, the air vent of the plane was the one to proudly earn this position, and rationally thinking, these air vents above the passengers should be the cleanest places due to their role. But with 1838 bacteria per square centimeter, it is now considered as one of the germiest!
Luckily, these vents are way above us which makes them untouchable, but we still need to be a little careful and make sure to sanitize our hands before eating or even before touching a food item. The bacteria could still reach us somehow, but that’s when being overprotective of our health comes in handy.
Water fountain button
Staying hydrated has to be the most important task to never neglect, so regardless of where you are, always drink water. But when you are at the airport, you should never satisfy your thirst at the closest water fountain… it is too risky!
The button contains over 7999 bacteria per square centimeter, which is enough reason to keep us as far from it as possible. However, this information should never discourage you from hydrating yourself and drinking water. You can either bring a bottle with you from home or buy a new one from there.
It is our responsibility to keep ourselves healthy while drinking water, we don’t want to have a dangerous illness because of it after all!
The airplane food tray
The number one dirtiest place on the plane is the food tray, and it certainly not a good thing to hear that it contains 12,903 bacteria per square centimeter. I mean, it is where we place our foods, what we touch the most, and where we put our heads, too.
The good news is you are now aware of how dirty that tray is, and it is in our power to clean it before we use it. In case you forgot and ended up touching it before cleaning, then just sanitize as soon as you can. Remember to never place your food directly on the table, and watch where you put your hands too.