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5 Myths about Germs on Aircraft

How often and how well an aircraft is actually cleaned is something of a secret.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
How often and how well an aircraft is actually cleaned is something of a secret.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

By Everett Potter

It’s hardly news that many travelers are concerned about germs and diseases when they fly these days, especially in the midst of the current Ebola virus crisis. But in the airborne petri dish that contemporary aircraft have become, fliers may well be worrying about the wrong things. Here are five myths about germs in aircraft.

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3 Comments

  1. Jon Blum
    October 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    In your article in today’s USA Today, page 1, October 14, 2014, you say to travel with disinfectant wipes to wipe off the tray table and armrests on the airplane. All the disinfectant wipes I can find come in large bottles that would not get through the liquid carryon limits. Can you tell me the name of some effective disinfectant wipes that I can buy in individual packets?

    • October 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm — Reply

      Purell makes them, and virtually every large chain drugstore (CVS, Walgreens) offers their own brand as well.

  2. October 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    Jon, I’ve found small packets in the travel products section of grocery and drug stores.

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