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Study reveals gross truth about airports and we’re never using check-in kiosks again

An online insurance portal did some tests on air travel, and they found some pretty grim stuff.

Insurance Quotes did a series of 18 tests in 3 major U.S. airports and airlines with the aim to seek out potential bacteria and fungal colonies.

And the results are so horrifying you might not want to leave your house ever again.

Bugs are everywhere! EVERYWHERE!

Although 2017 was the safest for commercial air travel in the past nine years, this study enlightens us to the creepy terrors which don’t make the news headlines.

It turns out the increment of flyers, plus the confined spaces and recirculated air make up the perfect cocktail for major fungal and bacterial spread.

The combination means childhood diseases such as measles, rubella, whooping cough and meningitis are easily spread in airports and aeroplanes.

We all know we’re vessels for germs and bacteria, but samples taken at the Atlanta International Airport – the busiest in the world – show that the average check-in screen contained 253.857 Colony forming units (CFU).

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That’s 13 times more bacteria than you’d find on a water fountain button in the airport bathroom, and is even an increase on the 172 CFU average found on toilet seats!

Yikes!

So how can you minimise the chances of contamination?

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid as much direct contact as you can between yourself and high bacteria carriers like your food tray, and try to use alcohol-based cleaners as part of your trip routine.

If you want to creep yourself out and read the whole study, you can check it out here.

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