Flying This Holiday Season? Take Note Of The Germiest Spots On Plane
According to AAA, over 131 million American adults will be flying this holiday season. And I mean for the Christmas season! That’s a lot of people and a lot of germs. I am not a great flyer. I ALWAYS get sick when I fly somewhere. Having an autoimmune disease makes me more susceptible, which is why I don’t travel often. That said, the healthiest of people can get sick on a plane, and flight attendants are giving us insight to the grossest spots on planes.
Travel and Leisure is giving us some details about the nastiest spots on an airplane. If you’re traveling this holiday season, keep in mind that these are the dirtiest places on a plane, according to flight attendants. Grab your hand sanitizer and have it handy!
Here Are The Really Dirty Spots
When you’re flying, you will come in contact with germs. There’s no way around it. With so many different people on planes, the germs and the grossness is in full effect! Flight attendants Josephine Remo and Sue Fogwell are saying that these are the REALLY nasty spots on a plane:
- Safety instruction cards – These are the dirtiest spot on an airplane. Tray tables often get wiped down, but these instruction cards do not.
- Overhead bin -The overhead compartment is gross since lots of people are touching them and they’re cleaned ‘rarely’.
- Tray tables – According to a study in 2015, tray tables have almost 8 times more bacteria per square inch than then second-dirtiest place on a plane which is the overhead air vent button. Definitely have some wipes in your bag or purse and wipe the tables down before using.
- Seat covers – They’re not replaced or cleaned between each flight. UGH! Again, have a antibacterial wipe handy.
- Bathroom handles – While the toilets are cleaned regularly, the same can’t be said for the locks and door handles. Nasty!
Basically, if you touch anything on a plane, use hand sanitizer after! And if you can wipe down an area with an anti-bacterial wipe, do it. Personally, if I fly, I’ll be wearing a mask. I’d love to think that other people are diligent in their hygiene, but let’s be honest, lots of folks are gross!
If you’re a ‘germaphobe’ like I am, my suggestion is to always have antibacterial wipes and liquid with you and do a shot of some strong booze before boarding! It’ll relax you so you don’t think of all the germs around you when you’re flying. I’m going on a cruise in March, and I’m driving to Miami to board the ship. Ain’t no way I’m flying! LOL!