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Potentially Deadly Bacteria Airline Passengers Face

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Travelers beware, you've got some potentially deadly company during flights.

A new study examined how long two potentially deadly bacteria, E. coli and MRSA, can live on various surfaces inside an airplane's cabin.

And how easily they are transmitted by contact.

Researchers used actual armrests, toilet flush handles, tray tables, window shades, seats and seat pockets - inoculating them with bacteria and storing them in conditions meant to simulate a pressurized cabin: 75 degrees Fahrenheit at 20-percent humidity.

The study found MRSA, a bug resistant to most antibiotics, can live on a jet's seat back pockets for up to a week.

A deadly type of E. coli can survive on armrests for up to four days and up to three days on a plane's tray table and two days on toilet handles.

Potentially Deadly Bacteria Airline Passengers Face


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