Flight secrets: Cabin crew member reveals how often food trays are really cleaned

Flight secrets: Cabin crew member reveals how often food trays are really cleaned

Food trays are used by many different people on a daily basis when flying and are often not cleaned as much as you’d like. Cabin crew members have previously revealed how dirty different places are on an aeroplane and many might be surprised to know that the toilet isn’t the dirtiest area.

Another study found tray tables on various planes had a high bacteria level.

Some tray tables were the worst area on the plane for bugs, even worse than the toilet.

Next time you think about putting food directly onto the plane tray table, you may want to think again.

While airline staff do clean the cabin between flights, this is primarily cleaning up rubbish. They don’t have the time to sanitise and wipe down every tray on the plane between flights.

Sara Keagle, flight attendant and founder of aviation blog TheFlyingPinto said that in the economy part of the plane blankets are re-used.

She says that clean blankets are only given to the first flight of the day.

After that they could just be folded and used again and again.

Unless they are visibly dirt, plane pillows and blankets could be used for every single flight of that day and many more days to come.

One research study found that airline blankets had traces of Pseudomonas paucimobilis, known for causing lung and eye infections.

Another study on an airplane blanket that had been wrapped in plastic was found to hold yeast, mould and high counts of bacteria.

Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 04:00:00 +0000