A flight attendant has revealed the only area of a plane that is dirtier than the toilet because it “never gets cleaned”.
Brenda Orelus from Miami, US, who goes through Flight Bae B online, said the seat back pockets are riddled with “germs” and require no regular maintenance or cleaning unlike toilets.
The glamorous frequent flyer alerted her 98,000 TikTok followers to the alarming fact in a video and said she saw passengers stuffing all sorts of things into their pockets, from discarded food to used tissues and even dirty nappies.
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American flight attendant Brenda Orelus has revealed that seat back pockets are the dirtiest surface on an airplane
The stewardess said the rear seat pockets were riddled with “germs” and lacked regular maintenance and cleaning unlike the toilets.
“Did you know that the seat back pockets are the dirtiest surface on the plane? They’re dirtier than toilets, they’re dirtier than seat cushions, and they’re dirtier than trays,” Brenda said.
“That’s because they’re never cleaned. Unless someone’s throwing up or there’s something gooey, gooey, and pusy coming out of there, it doesn’t clean up.
The stewardess said aircraft cleaners would take trash and other items left in pockets, but not wipe them up.
The stewardess said plane cleaners would take trash and other items left in pockets, but don’t wipe them up
“All these germs have accumulated and there is no real maintenance or regular cleaning of these surfaces while the toilets are regularly wiped down and disinfected,” she said.
Top 13 dirtiest places on an airplane
- Tray tables
- Seat back pockets
- Toilet locks
- seat top
- In-flight magazines
- Ceiling air vents
- Seat belt buckles
- Interior walls
- Entertainment screens
Users expressed their disgust in the comments and many shared what they saw other flyers storing in seat pockets.
“I usually put my phone in it,” wrote one shocked viewer and another replied, “Same – all the time.” After plugging in the charger, it’s my phone’s safe space.”
‘It is very true! I once saw a parent put a used diaper in the seat back pocket,” a third said and another swore he would never touch the pocket again.”
“Passengers will put in eaten sunflower seeds, used tissue diapers, instead of throwing them away,” one user commented.
However, a cleaner chimed in to say this was not always the case and seat pockets are often cleaned after flights.
“We actually have two teams for each plane. One takes the rubbish and vacuums it, the other team cleans it thoroughly,” they said.
Another cleaner agreed that seat pockets will generally be sanitized based on how much time the team has to clean the plane.
“Generally you get an hour and 30 minutes on the bigger planes but for the fast turns it’s about 15 to 30 minutes with a crew of six, you’re not wrong but you don’t have 100% right,” they explained.
“It’s supposed to be cleaned up, but people may ignore it to convince themselves.”
A former flight also revealed some industry secrets and shared his top five tips for flying.
Kat Kamalani from Hawaii has taken to TikTok to reveal why she never boards a flight without packing her own snacks and always refuses a tea or coffee when traveling.
Number one on her list is to never board a plane without packing some snacks.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” she said.
Former flight attendant Kat Kamalani, from Hawaii, took to TikTok to reveal the five things she will never get caught on a flight – after working in the industry for six years
Kat now lives in Hawaii – where she takes care of her daughter and posts content on TikTok
TEN RULES TO FOLLOW WHEN TRAVELING BY PLANE
- Always wear shoes on the plane
- Never drink hot water
- Always bring a blanket
- Always bring a change of clothes
- Always look for nearby airports
- Always bring plenty of snacks
- Bring a face wash
- Always obey your stewardess
- Pack your toothpaste
- Never divulge details of seat mates
She also revealed that she would never drink hot water on a plane, meaning tea and coffee are out of the question.
“The reason is that these water tanks are never cleaned. They are disgusting,” she said.
“The kettles are cleaned between flights, but all the (coffee) machines are never cleaned … and they are near the toilets,” she added.
This was confirmed by the City University of New York’s Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, which conducted a study on the “drinkability” of airplane water.
The study found that seven out of ten airlines lacked good quality water and advised people to only drink liquids from a sealed container during flights.
But an airline maintenance person hit back at the idea, slamming the stewardess for her views.
“Just because you don’t clean the tanks doesn’t mean they aren’t finished, we do,” he said.
The third thing on Kat’s list is perhaps the most obvious, with the Hawaii resident insisting that all passengers should “always obey flight attendants and what they say.”
She also explains that she always researches alternative hotels, airports, and flights whenever she goes on a trip “just in case something happens” and that she needs to plan an alternate way home.
His final piece of advice is to never “give out too much information – personal information – to someone sitting next to you asking about your life.”
Her most popular content focuses on her six years in the sky as a flight attendant
She also recommends not chatting too much with your neighbors mid-flight.
The former hostess posts about her family life, exotic fruits and health and wellness videos.
But it’s her travel videos that most often go viral and spark the most discussion in the comments.
The latest video prompted other flight crew members to add their own do’s and don’ts to the list.
“I always bring my own blanket – it’s freezing over there,” said one woman.
“I always have my toothbrush and toothpaste in my carry-on, as well as face and butt wipes,” one woman said.
While others said they like to pack a change of clothes, including underwear, in their hand luggage.
“I always buy food at the restaurant and eat when I get on the plane… I see people around me because the whole plane smells of my food,” said another.
Another woman said she cringed when people walked around the plane without shoes.
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