Viral contamination of standard passenger pathways and procedures in an airport - such as security screening trays - "have the potential to be especially problematic if a severe pathogen with an indirect transmission mechanism were to pose a threat for worldwide spread", the researchers note.
So, the next time you plan to put your phones, laptops and keys in the security tray, it would be best to keep a sanitizer handy to keep away the germs.
Plastic security trays harbour the highest levels of viruses at airports, a study has found.
No respiratory virus germs were found on toilets-a finding referred to as "interesting" in a press release.
The test found rhinovirus or adenovirus, the cause of cold-like symptoms, in four of eight samples. A new study finds airport security bins are a hotbed for germs that can cause illnesses in humans, such as the flu and the common cold.
The study was carried out at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during and after peak passenger times in the winter of 2016.
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Sykes and many other passengers were held on the plane for an additional two hours after the 13-hour flight landed in the U.S. Fire officials say 10 of the people who arrived sick to New York City on a flight from Dubai have been taken to a hospital.
They found the trays at X-ray were the most contaminated surfaces.
Other places that also came up as germ hotspots in the report were shop payment terminals, staircase rails, passport checking counters, children's play areas and obviously in the air.
It's also suggested that the trays - and other frequently touched surfaces - could be cleaned more regularly.
The European Union has funded a research project, called Pandhub, on preventing the spread of "high-threat" pathogens through public transportation, and the study by the University of Nottingham and Finnish institute is part of that project.
Washing your hands properly and coughing into a handkerchief, tissue or sleeve, especially in public places, can help minimize the risk of contagion, Van-Tam said.
She added that the results provided new ideas for technical improvements in airport design and refurbishment.