Flights: Flu and cold viruses can survive up to a couple of days on certain surfaces
Flights have been blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. This is because airport travel can accentuate and accelerate the spread of viruses. Before coronavirus brought the world to a standstill, hordes of people would through the UK’s airports every day.
Fliers touch surfaces all over the airport – before inevitably touching their own faces.
Flu and cold viruses can survive up to a couple of days on certain surfaces.
For instance, germs on plastic or stainless steel surfaces can live up to 48 hours.
Meanwhile, some viruses can survive for weeks.
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Flights: So how can travellers looks after themselves when they starting flying again?
Fortunately, the importance of good hygiene has well and truly been brought to the fore in the current climate.
People are now much more careful about what they come into contact with.
So how can travellers looks after themselves when they starting flying again?
Airport passengers should take great care when handling one item in particular at the airport.
The trays at airport security are, in fact, a hotbed of germs.
An investigation was carried out by the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare in 2016 to find where the dirtiest spot was in an airport.
The team tested a number of surfaces at Helsinki Airport in Finland.
They examined those which are frequently touched by travellers and airport staff.
Flights: The trays at airport security are, in fact, a hotbed of germs
These surfaces included toilet handles, armrests in waiting areas, kiosk screens and handrails on escalators.
However, out of all the items examined, airport trays were found to be the worst culprits.
Half of the trays examined in the study tested positive for flu and cold viruses.
The problem with the trays lies with the fact that passengers place a plethora of dirty items in them a regular basis.
These range from dentures, inhalers and toothbrushes to dirty shoes, children’s dummies and nappy bags.
What’s more, fliers are required to grab hold of the trays with their hands when passing through security.
Cleaning at airports is being ramped up in the wake of the pandemic so it’s hoped hygiene will be vastly improved.
However, passengers are still advised to pack hand sanitiser in their cabin luggage and wash their hands after going through security.