Flight secrets: Cabin crew member reveals how often planes really get cleaned

Flight secrets: Cabin crew member reveals how often planes really get cleaned

Plane journeys see a number of people passing through the cabin each day. With a quick turnaround before flights, cabin crew rarely get adequate time to wipe down the aircraft sufficiently. While planes are not known to be one of the cleanest places, one flight attendant has revealed that they may be dirtier than you first think.

It may be a good idea to wipe it down before using it and it is advised to have some cool air on you throughout the flight as this can not only keep air levels up in the cabin but also help keep germs away.

One flight attendant revealed that seat belt buckles are almost never wiped down and only in the big deep clean would they do so.

During a quick spot clean between flights, cabin crew will often focus on food particles and food wrappers that have been left behind rather than disinfect areas that may be packed with germs.

Flight attendant Sara Keagle also shared her secrets regarding plane pillows and blankets which tend to be issued on long-haul flights or when a passenger requests one.

However she said that clean blankets are only given to the first flight on that day and are not changed for each flight.

They will then be packaged up again for the next person to use but they will look new due to them being wrapped in plastic.

However this may vary between different airlines and Delta states: “Pillows and blankets are landed after each use, so they’re clean and fresh.”

If the pillows and blankets are wrapped in plastic with a seal, they are usually fresh ones.

According to travel experts, the best thing to do is to purchase your own airplane pillow and a lightweight blanket.

Airlines don’t publish how often they deep clean planes or how often they even clean the toilet but Forbes suggests that a deep clean of the interior may happen every one to three months.

As for the toilet, airlines say that they are cleaned with disinfectant after each arrival and before each departure but the 2015 testing found that the toilet held a high number of germs.

Some flight attendants have even warned passengers not to walk to the toilet barefoot due to how dirty the floor is which will then pass throughout the whole of the cabin.

Published at Tue, 23 Jun 2020 04:00:00 +0000