SUPERBUGS: Thriving at 40,000 Feet

By: News 10
By: News 10

Delta Airlines gave Auburn University researchers arm rests and tray tables to do their testing.

Researchers have found E. coli can survive for up to three days on airplanes.

The study out of Auburn University found that bacteria lasting for 96 hours on arm rests and tray tables.

The researchers also found MRSA living on the window shades for five days; a week in the cloth seat pockets.

Researchers tested airplane parts in a lab after getting them from Delta airlines.

Despite the virtual petri dish passengers are sitting in, doctors say your best chance of getting sick on a plane is from a cold or flu virus.


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