Airport Security Bins Have More Germs Than the Toilets, Study Finds

Airport Security Bins Have More Germs Than the Toilets, Study Finds

The germiest places in the airport are the security bins, not the toilets, finds a study from the University of Nottingham and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Researchers collected surface and air samples from the Helsinki Airport in Finland during the peak of the 2015-16 flu season in February 2016. Scientists found no evidence of viruses on the toilets, but 50 percent of the security check trays had evidence of viruses, including influenza A and rhino. The study says security check bins pose a high health risk for people since they have the potential to spread a severe pathogen internationally.

Experts advise you wash your hands to prevent the spread of diseases and viruses, so it might be a good idea to wash your hands after going through the airport security checkpoint.

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