40 Things About Air Travel That Only Flight Attendants Know

19. How Clean are Planes, Really?

Maybe it’s better not to ask this one. You’ve likely seen turnover crews vacuuming and emptying trash from the cabin, but what about those tray tables, armrests and windows? It’s probably best if you just bring disinfectant wipes with you, to tell the truth.

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The quick turnover between flights means airplanes don’t go through deep cleans as often as you might hope. The FAA isn’t in charge of the frequency or thoroughness of plane cleanliness, meaning the airlines can make their own decisions on the matter.

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