Report: Airplane cabin germs are bad, but airport terminals are even worse
Flu and Germ Watch
A new study confirms once again that various surfaces in the cabin of a commercial plane have many times the amount of bacteria than an average kitchen counter.
But the latest study found that surfaces in airport terminals can have even higher germ counts than those in the planes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The highest number of bacteria per square inch were found on the self-serve ticketing kiosks that print out boarding passes.
The highest germ counts inside planes were on the flush button on the toilets with 95,145 colony-forming units, followed by 11,595 CFUs on the tray tables and 1,116 CFUs on the seat buckles, according to the study. A typical kitchen counter measures 361 CFU, according to the National Science Foundation.
The highest germ counts in the terminals were found on the screens of airport kiosks, 253,857 CFUs, then 21,630 CFUs on bench armrests and 19,181 on drinking fountain buttons, according to the study.
Wash your hands, people.
Delta Offers Perks to Military Members
Delta Airlines is saluting its active duty military flyers with a new perk.
The Atlanta-based airline said that the company is "enhancing its boarding process to honor all uniformed and non-uniformed active military personnel" by inviting them to board early.
Delta said it received positive feedback from employees and customers after testing the concept for more than 20 days.
Super Bowl Champs Get Bonus Checks
The Philadelphia Eagles won't just bring home the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. Each player will also get a nice bonus check for $112,000.
Both the Eagles and Patriots already had earned $79,000 this postseason for their first two playoff wins.
Another perk for the champs: a Super Bowl ring, which can be worth anywhere from $5,000 to $37,000 or more.
Spacex will attempt the first launch of its new giant rocket, the falcon heavy tomorrow. The launch will be at Kennedy Space Center.
Spacex's falcon heavy booster is the most powerful rocket since NASA's Saturn V Moon Rocket.
And get this-- the falcon heavy is carrying CEO’s Elon Musk's Tesla roadster into space. Musk has said the launch, if successful, will deliver the roadster into a heliocentric orbit that will eventually send the electric car by Mars.
Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have all banned buying cryptocurrencies on credit cards.
CNBC reports the bans are designed to prevent customers from making hugely risky purchases on their credit lines or scammers from buying cryptocurrency and disappearing.
Stock Market News
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbling 666 points, or 2 and a half percent Friday.
The S & P 500 and NASDAQ each finished down 2 percent.
Overnight markets have been volatile.