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WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER: Dirtiest Areas inside a Plane – Probably Not What You Expect

The Dirtiest Areas inside a Plane Are Probably Not What You Would Expect

Airplane bathrooms aren’t actually the dirtiest place on board.

A new report from BestLife reveals that seat back tray tables are the single most disgusting surface on just about any aircraft.

A flight attendant tells Business Insider, “You may think that people only place drinks on seatback trays, but the person before you could’ve slept on it or used it to change a baby’s diaper.  I’ve seen people put their bare feet on top of tray tables.”

This echoes findings from a 2015 study that found seatback tray tables contained an average of 2,155 colony-forming units per square inch, and researchers said as a result you should try to eliminate any direct contact your food has with the tray table.

The issue is this:  The cleaning crew only has a limited amount of time to do their work.  They’re more likely to focus on more obviously dirty places, such as the bathrooms (as opposed to seat back tables or windows, which BestLife also says are teeming with germs).

So, don’t underestimate how important sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer are, to take on your next trip.

Clean up, here:  (InsideHook)


  • A new report says the tray tables and windows on airplanes are some of the grossest areas, as cleaning crews don’t typically have time to clean them—so be sure to bring sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer on your next trip

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