Here is part 2 in the series of the germs that are your invisible seatmates during airline travel. Maybe you really don’t want to know how unsanitary airplanes are, but everyone should have the option to be informed. So don’t say, I didn’t tell you.
If you missed part 1, read it here.
Germ Zone: Tray Table
For: MRSA super bug
Question: What do you use a tray table on an airplane for?
A) Use it as a pillow and drool all over it during your inflight nap
B) Change your child’s dirty diaper on it.
C) Place your M & M’s on the surface and essentially use the surface as a plate
D) A place for children to hide boogers
E) All of the above plus so much more
Answer: E…and who knows what else
I am appalled at how people think that it is a good idea to place their food directly on an airline tray table. Tray tables are a petri dish for many viruses and bacteria including MRSA, or Staphylococcus Aureus, which is often fatal when contracted and kills an estimated 20,000 Americans per year. In 2007, 60 percent of tray tables tested on 3 major airlines were found with the bug (compare that to only 11 percent on NY subways).
When you travel, it seems like a given, but don’t put your food directly on the tray table. Bring waterless hand sanitizer as well as disinfecting wipes. Those tray tables you so delicately place your food on are rarely-to-never sanitized. I’ve seen people put their feet, faces, and child’s bottoms on those plastic surfaces.
How’s that for your dining room table?
To read the BudgetTravel article in its entirety, please click here.