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The Dirtiest Surfaces on an Airplane Might Surprise You

September 10, 2015 2 min read

When you think of traveling on an airplane, you often think of steering clear of germs as much as possible, so that when you reach your final destination, you're not plagued with a new cold that's going to knock you out for the rest of your trip. You may avoid drinking too many liquids as well, so that you don't have to make your way for the airplane bathroom. A place that may come up at the top of your list of places to avoid on an airplane due to all the germs. But, you may want to reconsider what you're touching and avoiding other than that bathroom. Travel experts at TravelMath.com reviewed germ swabs from a group of selected airports and airplanes and discovered that travelers are exposed to the most amount of germs in places that aren't the bathroom. In fact, restrooms were some of the cleanest places tested. So what came in as some of the dirtiest places on the planes? The tray tables, which have about six times more germs than the countertops in your homes. Other extremely germ-infested areas include the overhead air vents and seatbelt buckles — surfaces that are near impossible to avoid. Researchers think this may be due to the fact that the cleaning staff pays close attention to cleaning the places we'd assume were the dirtiest, so those other surfaces are left to accumulate more germs. Check out the infographic below: [caption id="attachment_108648" align="alignnone" width="800"]airline hygiene Photo Credit: http://www.justtheflight.co.uk/fun-stuff/tap-water[/caption] At least you can rest assured knowing that some of the grossest germs weren't found on these surfaces, like E. Coli. What surface did you assume would be the dirtiest on an airplane? Source: Shape Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_108592" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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