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There’s no denying that I have some Howard Hughes qualities when it comes to avoiding germs, especially when I travel. So when I read that a Finnish investigation “revealed that the plastic trays used for travelers to put gadgets and clothing in through the x-ray checking have a huge bacteria and virus load,” I wasn’t surprised—but I was alarmed. For people like me (germaphobes), it’s common sense to consider these trays dirty, but the results of the investigation were more specific, showing that the airport security trays tested “carried adeno, influenza A, rhino and corona OC43.” You might want to think twice about what you throw in the trays and where you put your bags after they’ve been in trays (and on airport floors). Here’s the whole story.

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