The dirtiest place at the airport is in the security line

Airport security trays are rarely disinfected and pass through several hundred hands each day

Airport security trays are rarely disinfected and pass through several hundred hands each day

But researchers highlight the security trays as the biggest risk, with 50% of them having respiratory virus germs on them.

"Our main findings identify that respiratory virus contamination of frequently touched surfaces is not uncommon at airports; and that plastic security screening trays appear commonly contaminated", the authors wrote.

A new study has revealed the most germ-filled spot in an airport - and no, it's not the crowded waiting areas or the passport checking counter or even the bathrooms, as many would think.

Rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold.

Toilets, on the other hand, were completely free of respiratory viruses in the 28 samples taken, as were the buttons of an elevator, the trolley handles for luggage and the touch-screen on the check-in machine.

The study was carried out by a team of experts at the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, who swabbed a variety of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during the winter of 2016 and found evidence of viruses on 10% of the surfaces tested.

Finavia, the company that operates Helsinki Airport, said in an email: "At Finavia airports, the hygiene protocols are carried in accordance to health officials' requirements - all surfaces are cleaned daily and all security check point trays, etc., are washed regularly".

"These boxes typically cycle with high frequency to subsequent passengers, and are typically seized with a wide palm surface area and strong grip".

The most common virus found in the survey was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold but the swabs also picked up the influenza A virus, researchers said.

The results, they said, demonstrated that airports can serve as a potential risk-zone for an "emerging pandemic threat" - a prospect that has already become a major concern in the aftermath of the 2002 SARS outbreak, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

Such trays are also rarely disinfected, with their hard surfaces allowing viruses to survive for up to a day. The researchers encouraged people to minimize the spread of viruses by hand-washing and coughing into their sleeves. For the passengers, their best bet is to keep a trusty hand sanitizer with them at all times.

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