Are germs abounding on low-cost airline planes?

Maybe it’s not such a big secret that germs abound on low-cost airlines.

According to a new study, the cabins of these planes are much dirtier than most of us realize because they are rarely cleaned thoroughly and the trays where the food and drinks are placed for the passengers they are often full of germs and contain traces of fecal matter, the source of which in most cases are dirty diapers.

The passenger cabins of most airplanes are contaminated with baby feces due to the fact that some passengers use the tables as the most convenient place to change the baby’s diapers. So, unless you’re the first passenger of the day on board the plane, it’s very likely that you’ll be ingesting something other than your desired peanuts and saltines, as the tables where the food trays are cleaned once a day.

According to most flight attendants, these tables are not cleaned as often as they should be, considering the number of passengers who use them. They also state that they witnessed diapers being changed on these tables that were not cleaned between flights.

Flight attendants note that if we’ve ever spilled the nuts we’re eatingonto the food tray or simply touched it, it’s very likely we’ve ingested baby poo.

Recycled air in airplanes, although filtered, is also known to be a source of disease-causing bacteria. According to the US National Institutes of Health, germs in the air are an “excellent” source of cold virus infection.

Circulating air in airplanes is one of many possible sources of pathogenic microorganisms to which a person can easily be exposed.

During the past year, the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization presented two draft European standards for public discussion, which were initially announced by the European Committee for Standardization.

Although they introduce certain standards, they are only aimed at air quality and vibrations in aircraft cabins, but not criteria for compliance with certain hygiene rules for surfaces in aircraft such as seats, dining tables and toilets.

Is it possible to get Ebola on a plane?

Regarding the Ebola virus, health experts note that the risk of its spread on mass transportation such as planes, buses, and trains is negligible.< /p>

But if airplane cabins are only cleaned once a day, and if full disinfection of the entire aircraft is very rarely done, then the risk of contracting an Ebola-like virus is perhaps significantly higher than previously thought.

This is because the virus persists on dry surfaces and in the air.

According to data from limited laboratory studies under favorable conditions, the Ebola virus remains viable on hard surfaces in an amount that gradually decreases over several days.

This fact is also officially confirmed by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an order issued on August 1, 2014.

While busy airplane cabins may not create the most favorable conditions, it is possible for the Ebola virus to linger on surfaces such as food trays, armrests and pillows, especially if the infected person sweats and touch them.

There is also the possibility that the Ebola virus can be spread through bodily fluids that are released when sneezing and coughing, and most likely will end up on the table and the food tray on it.

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