Dirtiest place on planes cabins exposed – and it may surprise you

Ever wondered what the dirtiest part of the plane is?

While it’s pretty obvious that loos aren’t always the cleanest, there are other cabin areas that have a worrying amount of grime on them.

On Reddit’s Flight Attendant Secrets forum, a cabin crew member revealed that seating areas aren’t cleaned as thoroughly as you’d think.

In between flights, they’re often given a quick “turnaround” instead of a thorough wipe.

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On the forum, the staff member warned holidaymakers that the tray table and seating areas often aren’t as clean as you’d like.

They urged: “If you're flying short haul, definitely bring antibac wipes or sanitiser.

“A lot of airlines will have the crew 'turnaround' the plane meaning they pick up your rubbish, fold your seatbelt over, file your magazines in the seat pocket and then welcome new passengers on board.

“I have lost count of the amount of times I have had to tell people how disgusting it is to change their baby on the tray table or in a seat.”

Unsurprisingly, the flight attendant also told travellers to keep their shoes on when roaming around the aircraft.

They noted the number of people who venture into the loos in just their socks, which can lead to them treading in other passengers’ urine.

The Redditor joked: “I promise you, 9 times out of 10, that is not water on the floor.”

Similar warnings were issued by scientists earlier this year.

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In a study conducted by insurance.quotes.com, researchers conducted swab tests on three airlines and at three major airports.

Unsurprisingly, the worst spot on the plane was the flush button on the toilet, which had over 95,000 germ colony-firing units (CFUs).

The second filthiest part of a plane was the tray table, with 11.595 CFUs, followed by seat buckles with 1,116 CFUs.

We’ll definitely be packing the hand sanitiser on our next trip…

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