The Dirtiest Spots on an Airplane Revealed

Germaphobes take note! We share recent findings on the dirtiest (and cleanest) spots on an aircraft and at airports. conducted a mile-high experiment to determine the dirtiest and the cleanest places from four flights and five airports, and the results are rather interesting.

A microbiologist gathered 26 swab samples to measure the number of bacteria able to spread per square centimetre. Various spots were tested including tray tables, toilet flush buttons, seat belt buckles and bathroom stall locks.

While airports and aircrafts are relatively dirtier than the average home, some of the findings may surprise you.

Although many people most commonly think the airport bathroom would be the dirtiest place on a plane, the results revealed this isn't the case.

The dirtiest spot up above was the tray table, by far. Followed by the toilet flush buttons, seat buckles and overhead vents. 

On the ground, the filthiest spot recorded was drinking fountain buttons. Meanwhile, the cleanest spot was, surprisingly, the bathroom stall locks.

Check out the summary of dirtiest versus cleanest spots on a plane and in an airport below:

• Tray table — 13903 CFU/sq cm
• Drinking fountain buttons — 8000 CFU/sq cm
• Overhead air vent — 1838 CFU/sq cm
• Lavatory flush button — 1709 CFU/sq cm
• Seatbelt buckle — 1483 CFU/sq cm
• Bathroom stall locks — 451 CFU/sq cm

Are you surprised by any of the findings? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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