The leading contender for “most infectious airport surface”: the plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints. The most common virus found in the study was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
The findings from Los Angeles International Airport suggest that the pollution affects a wider area that previously thought and that the impact is worse than from roadway traffic.
These two new studies are better powered, statistically speaking, than earlier ones. They also do a better job of adjusting for confounding factors, such as air pollution.
The local airport was among 29 U.S. airports that the Department of Transportation ranked by their percentage of on-time departures in 2012.
For this column, I am taking our usual examination of the physical and material culture around us and pointing it heavenward.
Where there is regional flavoring, it tends to be of the North Woods high kitsch variety, which makes for a somewhat jarring visual experience.
An article in the New York Times once again raises safety concerns about backscatter X-ray scanners at airports.
The number of passengers who used the airport last year increased by only 1.3 percent, according to a new report.