— with deadly bacteria including MRSA and E. coli surviving for days on a craft. But if the thought of all those bugs is enough to make you avoid the flying entirely, there are ways to make sure your aircraft is as clean as possible: namely taking the earliest flight available.
According to industry insiders, the only deep clean on planes happens overnight and some airlines even their blankets without washing them. That means that at least two other people could have been snuggled up in your blanket before you. Nice.
Sara Keagle, a flight attendant and founder of aviation blog TheFlyingPinto. com that in the Economy Class cabins of the flights she works, clean blankets are only given to the first flight of the day. After that they are just folded and .
A former airline attendant who went by the username Melhow44 backed up these claims on Reddit, saying: “Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. “Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. ” The general cleanliness of the plane is also much better first thing.
Every airline has some sort of cleaning between each flight, whether it’s by flight attendants or a maintenance crew, but these are often rushed affairs that simply collect rubbish and do a cursory amount of vacuuming. The only of the day happens overnight, when a team of cleaners will wipe down seats and tray tables with disinfectants and properly scrub the bathrooms. That means that people flying on the first flight of the day get the cleanest plane of all, and it’s all downhill from there … So while an early call isn’t much fun, it does have it perks when it comes to flying.