These U.S. Airports Have Been Named The Most Likely To Spread Disease

Airports and airplanes are pretty germ-ridden spots. After all, thousands of people travel through a single airport each day. But it turns out that some airports are more likely than others to be hubs of disease transfer.

A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has revealed that certain airports in the United States have elevated potential for being places where global pandemics might spread. Surprisingly, it wasn’t only the busiest or largest airports in the country that made the list.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International is the world’s busiest airport, but it actually came in at number eight on the study’s list. New York-JFK came in at number one, while Los Angeles International and Daniel K. Inouye International in Honolulu came second and third, respectively.

Does this mean that you should avoid these airports to stay safe from disease? Definitely not. The study’s main aim was to identify which major airports to strategically close in case of a disease emergency. It doesn’t mean that these airports are particularly dirty or full of germs. As always, your best bet is to wash your hands and avoid unnecessary contact with others while traveling.