Scientists say airport security bins carry more germs than toilets

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BOSTON (WFLA/WCVB) – The germiest place in an airport may not be where you think.

It’s not the bathroom.

A new study says the plastic bins used for shoes, liquids and carry-ons are hotbeds for viruses.

Researchers also examined surfaces of handrails, toilets, kiosk touchscreens and toys in children’s play areas.

Security trays were found to have the most contamination. 

Viruses were found in half of the samples taken from the trays.

No viruses were detected on toilet bowls, flush buttons or locks inside stall doors.

The study was published in “BMC Infectious Diseases” by the University of Nottingham and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

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