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Airplane Dangers -- the Germy Kind

These seats might need an antibacteria wipe-down.
These seats might need an antibacteria wipe-down.

Research conducted by Auburn University recently reminded us just how germ-filled airplanes can be. Obviously, you should be more worried about your plane colliding with another, but given the disease-breeding ground that is summer airplane travel, it's good to know you might need some bleach wipes for that flight.

The two-year study was funded by the Federal Aviation Administration's Airliner Cabin Research Center and found that E. Coli and MRSA can "survive in airline cabins for up to a week."

"Our data show that both of these bacteria can survive for days on these surfaces, particularly the porous material such as armrests and seat pockets," Auburn researcher Kiril Vaglenov said. "Air travelers should be aware of the risk of catching or spreading a disease to other passengers and practice good personal hygiene."

That means the quick scrub-downs airport crew do after each flight mean little to that bacteria-filled headrest you're about to sleep against.


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