Germ Hot Spots: The Plane Edition
Studies show that germs can travel easily on an airplane, where people are packed together tightly.
For example, a woman on a 1994 flight from Chicago to Honolulu transmitted drug-resistant tuberculosis to at least six of her fellow passengers, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study.
In 2003, 22 people came down with SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, from a single fellow passenger who had SARS but didn’t have any symptoms, according to another New England journal study.
The surfaces that have tested highest for bacteria and other infection-causing germs include:
- Security check points
- Airplane blankets and pillows.
- Latches for overhead bins
- Tray tables
- Tv screens/monitors
Here are five ways to avoid germs while traveling on a plane, as well as when you first arrive and leave the airport.