Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Airport security trays carry more diseases than toilets: Study

London: The plastic trays that passengers put their hand luggage in at airport security checkpoints harbour the highest levels of viruses, even more than toilets, a study warns.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK swabbed a variety of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during the winter of 2016.

They set out to identify and quantify the respiratory viruses on frequently-touched surfaces in airports.

The team found evidence of viruses on 10 per cent of the surfaces tested and most commonly on the plastic trays that are circulated along the passenger queue at the hand luggage X-ray checkpoint.
05/09/18 PTI/Times of India

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