The Dirtiest Part Of An Airplane Is Not The Toilet Area

The Dirtiest Part Of An Airplane Is Not The Toilet Area.

The Dirtiest Part Of An Airplane Is Not The Toilet Area

Ewww That's Sickening, because now what you would normally expect to be the dirtiest part of a plane, is not what it is.

If asked this question most people would clearly say, that the bathroom, is the dirtiest area of a plane, but they would be totally wrong.

Although there are parts in this area that are definitely unsanitary, some things and places beat this area.

Did you now that those little blankets and pillows you happily reach for, only get cleaned about once a week. Imagine how many heads, sneezes, coughs, and just unsanitary people have clutched those items.

You probably never even gave it a thought before.

Travelmath sent a microbiologist to explore both airports and airplanes, testing a variety of items that we normally use to come up with a list of the dirtiest ones of all, based on "colony-forming units." Here are the findings:

1. Tray table
Stay away from it as much as you can! This thing is a hive of bacteria ready to jump on you. Some people even change their babies' diapers on them, so you might want to wipe it very well before your next in-flight meal.

2. Overhead air vent
The toilet is not even at number two. That little vent that everybody pokes around with to get some breeze on their faces is even dirtier.

3. Lavatory flush button
Finally, the bathroom. The flush button in particular is what you want to be really careful before touching. Use tissue paper, or whatever else is in your reach to avoid direct contact.

4. Seatbelt buckle
You touch it during the flight, but most disgustingly after the flight is over and you spent hours touching other bacteria infected areas of the plane, your food, your face and who knows what else. As a final goodbye you leave all that on your seatbelt buckle and pick up whatever the person before you left there.