This Is the Most Germ-ridden Place in the Airport
About 10 percent of what you touch at the airport is carrying a virus — and the most heavily infested place is one you cannot avoid. The security checkpoint trays are the germiest things at the airport, according to a study published this week in BMC Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare swabbed services around the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to identify the places with the most germs. Although the security trays had the highest count of bacteria, other high-risk areas were near the cash registers at shops, along staircase railings, on the counters where passports are checked, in children’s play areas, and in the air all around the airport. The most common virus found was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.