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10 Things Airports Still Aren’t Cleaning as Well as They Should

Reader's Digest Logo By Kelly Bryant of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 12: For germaphobes, public spaces like airports have always been met with trepidation. Even the most sparkling of departure or arrival gates sees a lot of foot traffic from early in the morning until late at night, leaving folks to wonder what's lurking on every surface. When you factor in the concern surrounding the spread of COVID-19, it's more than just the longtime germ avoiders who are having airport anxiety. While airports and the businesses in them say they're working their hardest to implement heavy-duty sanitizing efforts necessitated by the pandemic, the question remains: Just how clean are airports these days? Here's what they're still struggling to keep clean—and what you should do to stay safe when passing through one. Before booking your next trip, you'll also need to know these 16 air travel rules for flying during the pandemic.

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For germaphobes, public spaces like airports have always been met with trepidation. Even the most sparkling of departure or arrival gates sees a lot of foot traffic from early in the morning until late at night, leaving folks to wonder what's lurking on every surface. When you factor in the concern surrounding the spread of COVID-19, it's more than just the longtime germ avoiders who are having airport anxiety. While airports and the businesses in them say they're working their hardest to implement heavy-duty sanitizing efforts necessitated by the pandemic, the question remains: Just how clean are airports these days? Here's what they're still struggling to keep clean—and what you should do to stay safe when passing through one. Before booking your next trip, you'll also need to know these 16 air travel rules for flying during the pandemic.

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