Airport security trays spreading germs, study says

By Keeli Royle4 hours ago

By Keeli Royle4 hours ago

Unfortunately, the findings of a recent study suggest one of the most contaminated surfaces in the airport is one you can't avoid: the security screening trays.

A scientific investigation has found that the plastic trays at security checks harbour the highest level of viruses of any surface in the airport.

The results, they said, demonstrated that airports can serve as a potential risk-zone for an "emerging pandemic threat" - a prospect that has already become a major concern in the aftermath of the 2002 SARS outbreak, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Other germ-infested areas include stair handrails, the passport control point and children's playground.

Most alarmingly, the hand-carried luggage trays at the security check area, which everyone uses, are the most likely to carry harmful viruses.

Well, it may not be the airplane where you catch the airport cooties.

The germiest, most virus-laden surface in the airport is not the toilet, check-in desk or food counter.

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The study posits that plastic trays pose the highest potential risk inside the airport especially because nearly everyone uses them.

The researchers revealed that influenza A and B viruses, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, and coronaviruses were found from the swabs.

"This study supports the case for improved public awareness of how viral infections spread", Jonathan Van Tram, professor of health protection at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine, said in a statement.

"The presence of microbes in the environment of an airport has not been investigated previously", shared Niina Ikonen of the Finnish National Institute, a virology expert who was involved in the study.

Overall, the study found that 10 percent of the surfaces tested contained viruses.

At the conclusion of the study centered on Helsinki Airport, the researchers concluded that airports should offer hand sanitizer to travelers before and after each security checkpoint, and that the baggage trays should be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. The researchers visited several times during peak 2015-2016 flu season to collect germ samples right after the airport's morning, noon, and mid-afternoon rushes.

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