New Study Shows Bacteria Can Survive On Planes for Over a Week

By Karin Sun on 23 May 2014
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DSC_0164Researchers at Auburn University announced the results of a study investigating the longevity of bacteria on airplane surfaces.

The study found that certain forms of bacteria commonly found on the surfaces of armrests, tray tables, window shades, and leather seats can survive for over a week and have a high risk of being transmitted to passengers who come into contact with these surfaces.

Scientists say that low humidity inside airplane cabins is the main reason why bacteria survive for a longer period of time onboard aircraft. As part of the study, researchers tested E. Coli bacteria and a type of staph infection called MRSA.

Although bacteria may be present in airplane cabins for a significant period of time, it is unclear how many passengers actually become sick from contact with these germs.

In order to minimize the risk of infection, passengers are advised to wipe down any surfaces they come into contact with using alcohol-based wipes. Many airlines also have cleaning procedures in place in which crew members sanitize all seats and surfaces onboard the plane before each departure.

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