You see warning after warning about how how germ-ridden airports are. And with good reason…people put their fingers in all sorts of nasty places…in their mouth, up their nose, the may surreptitiously scratch their private parts, they pick up a coin they find on the ground and, of course, you’ve got the people who use the toilet and don’t wash their hands. Even when people try to be considerate and cough or sneeze into their hands, it means they’ve just put a bajillion germs into their hands And right after they do one or more of these things, they wind up using the touch screens to check in.
InsuranceQuotes.com, a Texas-based insurance website, did a study at ATL to see what the average number of viable bacteria and fungal cells per square inch, or colony-forming units (CFU) there were on publicly used surfaces. Self check-in screens had the most, with an average of 253,857 CFU per screen (one screen they checked had over ONE MILLION CFU).
And when they’re done using their germ-ridden fingers to check in, you use the same touch screen with your fingers. And then your eye itches so you rub it with that finger. Or you cover your mouth with one hand and pick that piece of corn from between your teeth with the other. And unfortunately, touching your eyes, nose or mouth when you have germs on your hands is an excellent way to get sick.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
USA TODAY has been running their 10Best Readers’ Choice awards since 2013. Categories run the gamut from cruise ships to romantic dining spots to holiday lights to gifts for road trippers and in 2016, they added categories that reflect airports. We got wind that voting for the airport categories are going on right now, so we wanted to give you a little more info, in case you’d like to vote for your favorites.
Even if you don’t have a degree in reading boarding passes, you can usually figure out what most of the stuff is:
Your name, the date, your flight info, if you have TSA Pre-Check and your seat are all pretty obvious. You can even find out about what the gobbledeegook numbers and letters, and even what the barcode represents, if you Google it. But there’s one thing you want to hope you don’t see on your boarding pass…
Reflecting back on 2016’s “Forcibly Remove A Seated Passenger From A Plane So A Staff Member Could Have The Seat” situation with United Airlines, on top of the previous “#Leggingsgate” situation with United Airlines made me think back to a time, not really all that long ago, when passengers weren’t made to feel like profitable cattle with no rights, and when, if something happened that was out of the ordinary and potentially inconveniencing, the airline did everything they could to keep you comfortable and, even if you were not truly happy, at least you knew they had tried their best.
In April 1998, I was still living in Staten Island, NY and was going down to Walt Disney World about 6 times per year – usually for long weekends, but occasionally for a whole week at a time. Newark Airport was my airport of choice to fly down to Orlando and I would usually fly via Continental Airlines or Delta. The week before Easter of 1998, I took a long weekend trip and Continental was my carrier.