For an increasing number of people handwashing after going to the bathroom has become a matter of course – particularly when one is traveling. It is not just the public bathrooms and airplane toilets where most of the bacteria are lurking. The online platform Travelmath has published surprising study results. Microbiologists during their investigations discovered the flush mechanism of the toilet is not the one that is colonized with the most bacteria. Almost ten times as many bacteria were identified on the fold-down tables of passenger seats. Plastics with an antimicrobial protective function could make a real contribution to halting the spread of bacteria.
Hygiene has an even more important role to play in airplanes, especially in the age of the global-traveling SARS or Ebola pathogens.