Airports are teeming with germs, but not in the areas that you might think. While most people avoid the bathrooms at all costs due to the sticky floors and smelly toilets, they’re not actually the dirtiest place in an airport. In fact, if you were to guess the germiest thing at the airport, it probably wouldn’t be in your top three responses.
To find out the truth about the dirtiest places in an airport,, a Texas-based insurance website, had researchers conduct 18 tests across six different surfaces at three major U.S. airports and airline flights. They used swab kits to identify the spots with the highest average amount of bacteria and fungal cells per square inch (CFU).