These Are the Dirtiest Places on a Plane


Natalie Off Duty

Pack your hand sanitizer: The most germ-filled part of an airplane is just a few inches from your seat. When a team of microbiologists inspected airports and planes, they discovered that tray tables harbor more nasties than a toilet bowl. Yes, the place you eat food from might as well be a trash can. Don’t worry—we’re not saying you should stay home over the holiday weekend. With the knowledge of which hot spots to avoid and a few tweaks to your midflight routine, you can touch down at your destination in good health. Germophobes, this one’s for you. Keep reading to discover more about the five dirtiest places on a plane and how to navigate them to avoid the germs.

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This story was originally published on May 19, 2016, and has been updated.