Travel Tips

How Dirty is That Airplane?

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It’s not new news, but Daily Mail just published an article talking about the disgusting amount of bacteria found on planes. Tray tables are commonly used to change babies diapers and those blankets found in first class have probably been used on a previous flight. And when you think about how quickly planes are turned around, it’s no surprise the cleaners aren’t vacuuming and disinfecting arm rests and tray tables.

What can you do to stay clean?

I’ve become “that person” on most flights. If I’m upgraded to first I’ll often use the hot towel, after I’ve satisfied my face and hands, to swab down the armrest, console and tray table. It’s not as good as disinfectant, but it still makes a difference. In economy I often pull out my individual disinfectant wipes and give everything a good going over before use.

The Daily Mail offers some other tips at the end of article for staying healthy and safe as well. One of them troubles me that it needed saying. You shouldn’t be walking barefoot on the plane, particularly not when going to the bathroom!

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2 Comments

  1. Paul

    May 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I use disinfectant towels in F and J. Every time.

    Armrests, side of seats, seat buckle, tray, buttons/switches, IFE controller, everything I think I’ll touch. And make a point to show the crew what the disinfectant towels looks like after I’ve wiped things down. YUCK! is the typical response.

    Since I’ve started wiping things down, I’ve caught far fewer nasty colds…

  2. RTL

    May 22, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Fastest way is to wear disposable gloves!! LOL!!!

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