Memo to Air Travelers: That Disinfecting Wipe Won’t Save You

Why a top-to-bottom seat swab is not as effective as you might think

Photo: Paul Hanaoka/Unsplash

Human beings are constantly exposed to pathogens, from subway cars to the counter at a coffee shop, most often without sterilization, and the tray table on a plane doesn’t pose a higher risk for healthy people.

Madeline is writer and video producer whose work has been featured on Eater, Grub Street, and Heated.

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