|Written by Bill Hanks|
Now that we are in the heart of the travel season, I thought that it would be a good idea to review how to avoid germs at the airport. ¬†My favorite travel expert Amy Bertrand provides these fantastic suggestions.
1. ¬†Avoid the restroom if at all possible. ¬†It is the number one germ location. ¬†You have germs arriving faster than travelers using the airport. ¬†If you must use it, try to avoid using your hands at all. ¬†The airplane bathroom is even worst. ¬†It only gets cleaned when the plane is sitting on the tarmac. ¬† Suggestion: ¬†Go before you go.
2. ¬†Leave the magazines alone. ¬†As travelers wait, they tend to read these magazines. ¬†Your best bet is to bring your own book or kindle with you. ¬†Magazines never get cleaned.
3. ¬†Avoid the water fountain. ¬†Instead, fork out a few bucks for a large bottle of clean water. ¬†You might save money by using the fountain, but did you know that there is 2.7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot? ¬†If you must use the spigot, use a paper towel or Kleenex.
4. ¬†Avoid pillows and blankets that are provided by the airline. ¬†Five in every hundred individuals are usually ill. ¬†they will be using these items. ¬†Instead wear or carry a sweater with you. ¬†You can easily roll it up into a pillow. ¬†On quick turnarounds, pillows and blankets may not get cleaned and folded properly.
5. ¬†Wear socks at the security line. ¬†This is the line where you take off your shoes, belt and other clothing. ¬†Where you walk is where germs gather from anothers foot steps. ¬†Fungal infections can easily be picked up by bare feet.
6. ¬†Be cautious of all handles. ¬†Use your arm or shoulder to open doors if possible. ¬†If you open a bathroom door, avoid the metal plates. ¬†Use a knee, thigh or shoulder to push¬†the door open. ¬†If you have to pull, use your sweater or coat jacket to grasp the handle.
It is impossible to avoid exposure to all germs. ¬†However, these suggestions above will help. ¬†Happy Trails!