With an increase in summer travel, there's a chance you'll run into a higher bacteria count on an airplane. The average human reportedly loses 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every hour and since our skin is covered in sweat, bacteria and sometimes slime (true but gross), you're sure to be traveling with a variety of unwanted passengers.
Since many passengers are concerned about outbreaks of MRSA, a staph infection that's resistant to antibiotics, it's necessary for them to take steps to reduce their chance of contracting the disease. Washing hands and wearing a mask can help, but it's best to know where bacteria lives on an airplane in order to combat the chances of contracting anything serious.
6 Spots Germs Live On A Plane
- Seat Pocket - 8 days
- Rubber Arm Rest - 7 days
- Leather Seat - 7 days
- Plastic Window Shade - 3 days
- Plastic Tray Table - 3 days
- Steel Toilet Handle - 2 days
Bacteria thrives on an airplane since many people are crammed into a tight space. The lack of fresh airflow and warm temperatures make matters worse. The tips below will help keep you as germ-free and clean as possible while traveling.
Keep Safe and Germ Free
- Stay hydrated and get enough sleep before the flight
- Wash your hands before, during and after the ride
- Wipe down the tray table with disinfectant
- Avoid touching surfaces in an airplane bathroom
- Stash items in the top of the seat basket not the bottom
While the airline you choose may have little to do with sanitation strategies, you can protect yourself! So, pack your cleansing wipes, hand sanitizer and relax. By preparing with the proper strategies you can avoid the summertime increase of airplane bacteria.