Airplanes carry massive amounts of people, and their germs, every day.
Before settling in, break out some sanitizing wipes and clean these germ-filled areas first:
- seatbelt buckle
- actual seat
- arm rests
- tray table
- window shade
- TV or remote for TV
- overhead air vent control
Once you have wiped these all down, make sure you avoid or sanitize after touching some of these notoriously dirty spots:
- in-flight magazines
- seat-back pocket
- overhead bin latches
- lavatory lock
- lavatory flush button
- lavatory sink
- blankets and pillow
To stay safe from harmful germs, make sure you are aware of what you touch when you are in the airport.
Think of the large amount of people who travel through an airport on any given day. Cold viruses have been shown to survive on indoor surfaces for up to a week. Think of the amount of people who have sat in those airport chairs, and touched those bathroom stall doors in a week. It’s a lot.
It doesn’t mean you need to stay home and avoid mass travel to avoid germs and prevent getting sick, just be prepared and vigilant. Wash your hands often, be aware of your surroundings (avoid sitting near someone coughing in the waiting area when you still have the option of getting up and moving away), and use sanitizer when needed.
The last thing you want is to get sick when you are going on vacation or traveling for work. Many parts of the plane do not get cleaned or sanitized as often as you would think, so make sure you clean and sanitize to avoid picking up someone else’s germs.
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