Why You Should Never Walk Through Airport Security Barefoot


Airports in general are hectic and crowded; thousands of passengers pass through them on a daily basis. But the dreaded airport security is not only a hassle for many, but can pose a variety of health hazards.

Jason Tetro, microbiologist and author of the bestseller “The Germ Files” explains that although “there have been no scientific examinations of the microbial contamination of airport floors, studies have looked at surfaces in the airport and have found an incredible number of different types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.”

According to research, the human body sheds millions of microbes every hour, and the potential for microbial spread in airports is quite high. Tetro says that “as for the types of microbes found, many can cause infections on the skin and also in the respiratory tract.”

The following list was based on studies and research from various sources, some of which include Oxford Academic and the National Library of Medicine.


Why You Should Never Walk Through Airport Security Barefoot


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