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The Germs in Airports and Airplanes: 5 Tips to Stay Germ Free

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The Germs in Airports and Airplanes: How to protect the valuable health you need for your planned trip.

It’s no secret. Airports are just not a hygienic friendly zone. No matter how much effort airport managements put into maintaining the cleanliness of an airport, they won’t be able to wipe the germs off of every person that walks through. And because of the inevitable, traveling on planes and spending time in common areas of airports puts every traveler in a vulnerable position to touch or breathe some bug or bacteria that can really ruin a trip or worse.

Now with summer season rapidly approaching and the smell of vacation in the air we all know what’s comes alongside. Shopping. Shopping for deals on summer apparel, shopping for summer promos on cheap Business Class flights and shopping for cheap and affordable luxurious hotels on beautiful exotic beaches. We must, however, not forget about maintaining our health and hygiene as most of us traveling will end up in busy international airports at least twice this summer.

Although it doesn’t take much thought to come to this realization on ones own, experts from Aquaint Sanitiser—a UK based company that offers a natural non-alcoholic multipurpose sanitizer—have released new research on the matter and describe the gross truth about germs and airplanes.

With the newly released research it has been discovered, the source of much of the bacteria closest to us comes right off our own suitcases! In fact, a luggage (which is being checked in) “can come into contact with up to 80 million bacteria before it’s even set down in a hotel room. This is largely to do with the number of people and places it comes into contact with on its journey — an average of two baggage handlers, a member of the airline crew, two cabdrivers, etc. The hands of each person could carry approximately 10 million bacteria at any one time”.  And this is just one suitcase with only being handled by a few people, imagine what strolling through all the heavily crowded areas of a busy airport means. It’s bacteria city!

Don’t get too scared. Although this “research” on the germs in airport is “new”, it is not something which we haven’t been forewarned or educated about, in 2015.  Thankfully we know how to deal with this albeit annoying but well known, inevitability.

Tips to protect and maintain your hygiene while traveling.

With the help of the research from experts at Aquaint Sanitiser together with tips from Sophie Forbes from Yahoo Travel and myself, you’ll know exactly how to travel safely through airports starting with your upcoming summer vacation. First, however, I always like to point out the beautiful benefits of buying a ticket in a luxurious Business Class and when either available or possible to purchase, cheap First Class flights, when the opportunity arises. A great example is seen right here from this newly released study.

You see, the most vulnerable places to pick up  bacteria is anywhere where you’d find many people gathered, such as large malls and stadiums. The factor that causes airports and planes to stand out amongst other places with large crowds is these are places that host crowds from all over the world and requires additional awareness. This bring us to the point (the first and easiest tip) which puts you, as a business traveler or as a family, a step ahead of the public in minimizing the transfer of bacteria and lowering your risk of picking up some unwanted illness during your trip.

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Photo Credit: Singapore Air

Fly in Business or First Class. This keeps you separate from the mass crowds and the mass germs. Beginning- for select airlines- with private pick up from your house or hotel and onto separate lines, exclusive pre-boarding lounges and of course a beautiful affordable Business Class cabin or a luxurious First Class cabin for the duration of your flights.

 

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Photo Credit: healthytravelblog.com

Stay Hydrated. If you’re an experienced traveler, you already know how important hydration throughout traveling is. Water and fluids keeps your body and immune system strong to fight off anything that’s unwelcome. If you’re not one that normally drinks lots of fluids throughout your day, consider taking it on during travel time because dehydration will not be your friend in the airport. According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration causes dry mouth, skin, eyes and mucous membranes.This can make you much more susceptible to infection. Use of a nasal spray will also keep the membranes in your nose and throat properly lubricated, acting as a barrier to bacteria.

 

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Photo Credit: www.keeperofthehome.org

Sanitize Everything. Wash your hands regularly throughout your time in the airport and the duration of the flight. If running to the bathroom every so often to wash your hand with anti-bacterial hand soap seems much, pick up a travel size tube of hand sanitizer or a travel pack of sanitizing wipes. Wipe down your tray table, arm rests, and seatbelt buckle as these are the objects that are most touched.

 

Photo Credit: roadtripsforcouples.com
Photo Credit: roadtripsforcouples.com

 

Don’t Walk Around Barefoot. As the sun floods through our cities and the warm weather blooms, out comes the summer apparel including sandals and flip flops which are easily removed. So before you get too comfy and take them off, just remember you’re not at home. As a part of Aquaint’s study, they spoke to an anonymous flight attendant that said “the carpets and bathroom floors are completely filthy, and therefore swimming with germs. You do not want them on the bottom of your feet”.

 

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Bring your own blanket/pillow. This last tip mainly applies to passengers of economy class, as in Business and First Class, the maintenance and cleanliness standards are higher than in economy class. Airplane blankets and pillows however, are regularly reused several times between washes, so it may be likely to have come into contact with several people (and their bacteria) before it gets to you.

 

 

Share your thoughts on airport and airplane cleanliness in the comments below. Have a safe and enjoyable time, passengers.

Cheers.

 

 

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