A flight attendant has warned passengers about their bathroom choices on board an airplane. although cleaning protocols have been stepped up for many airlines since the corona pandemicAccording to the crew member, there are parts of the bathroom that are notoriously “disgusting”.
To make matters worse, many passengers unknowingly walk into some of the dirtiest parts of the plane and can even spread germs on their own.
By posting to a Reddit forum titled “Flight attendants of Reddit, what dark secret you don’t tell your passengers?”, the crew member explained why wearing shoes is so important on board.
The anonymous flight attendant, who posted under the username Halfpintlc, said: “Turning has to be done quickly and they are just vacuumed quickly and the bathrooms are quickly swept to look and smell clean.
“Airplane bathrooms are disgusting and you should never go in there without shoes.
“People pee on the floor all the time.” [SIC]
Even if spilled liquids on the bathroom floor are quickly wiped up, it’s likely to leave behind germs that can’t be seen with the naked eye unless the plane has landed for a thorough cleaning.
Accidents on the toilet floor also dry up quickly, according to Travel Update, leaving microscopic bacteria behind.
The expert from Travel Update explains: “Air is supplied to you from outside and at high altitudes there is very little moisture in it.
“Then you put that foot back in your shoe and you have a souvenir of your flight forever.”
As well as the bathroom floor, another flight attendant shared a germ-contaminated spot within easy reach of your seat.
The flight attendant with more than six years of experience said passengers should “never, never, never, never use anything in the seat bag.”
Posting on Reddit under the username HausofDarling, the crew member explained, “I always recommend that you never, ever, ever use anything in the seat pocket.
“They are cleared of waste, but are never ‘cleaned’.
“I have withdrawn and have seen all kinds of withdrawals there.
“Dirty tissues, medical bags, underpants, socks, chewing gum, half-sucked sweets, apple seeds, and on the next flight you put your phone, laptop or iPad in there.” [SIC]
Just months before the pandemic, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) study found that seat bags had the second-highest level of bacteria aboard an airplane.