Germs on a Plane: Bacteria can linger for days, study finds

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    Here's a new reason to leave that seatback tray table in its upright and locked position: Disease-causing bacteria can linger for days, even up to a week, on most airplane surfaces, new research shows.

    It's no reason not to fly, of course, but a team of microbiologists and engineers at Auburn University in Alabama found that nasty bugs like MRSA and E. coli O157:H7 can hitch extended rides on armrests, window shades, tray tables, toilet handles and more.

    Given the right circumstances, that contact could lead to infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or the E. coli gut bug that can cause kidney failure, said Kiril Vaglenov, a post-doctoral fellow in materials science who led the study. He presented the findings Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

    "Many travelers are concerned about the risks of catching a disease from other passengers when they spend long hours in crowded air cabins," Vaglenov told NBC News.

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    Let's all carry sanitary wipes, along with a soft drink full of sugar.
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