where germs live

transportation

 

MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE IN

TRANSPORTATION

 

TRANSPORTATION PATHOGENS

The most common members of the Dirty Dozen that can be found on aircraft, trains and buses are:

 

How clean are aircraft, trains and buses?

Every surface in travel is contaminated with organic material and requires cleaning. However, some surfaces are more likely to have higher levels and increase the ability of germs to survive. In some cases, such as subway poles, you can even see the organic material with your eye. However, this does not apply to all surfaces and some – such as seat pockets, washroom handles, and headrests – may look to be safe even if they are not.

Surfaces on aircraft, trains and buses that are breeding areas for the Dirty Dozen include:

  • Headrests
  • Armrests
  • Seatback pockets
  • Food trays
  • Washrooms