Shocking discovery may change the way you pack for your next trip

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Believe it or not, the holidays are coming. It’s a time when many Americans travel to see family and friends, but as we approach the cold and flu season, just how clean is that plane you’re flying in?

Well, you might want to add some anti-bacterial wipes to your packing list.

With flu season and holiday travel season converging on us, it may be a good time to think about germs in airplanes. A study by Auburn University looked at how long two potentially deadly bacteria – E-coli and MRSA – can live on airline surfaces.

They checked things like toilet handles, tray tables and seat pockets.

On the more porous surfaces, think seat pockets or armrests, the bacteria lived as much as a week.

The researchers did not test actual aircraft cabins and the airlines do have cleaning policies, however one study by the University of Arizona in 2007 found 60% of airline tray tables from 3 major airlines, tested positive for the superbug- those resistant to anti-biotics.

A professor quoted the Auburn University study recommends travelers use hand sanitizer before putting anything in your mouth and to give the trey table a swipe with an anti-bacterial wipe.

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