Supermodel Naomi Campbell cleans her aeroplane seats with disinfectant wipes before sitting down, and you should too

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  • Supermodel Naomi Campbell showed off her airport routine in a recent video posted to YouTube.
  • Every time Campbell gets on an aeroplane, she says she uses disinfectant wipes to clean everything she might touch on the journey – including the seats, tray tables, controls for air and TV, and more.
  • It’s smart to clean your aeroplane seat and the surrounding area before sitting in it for hours – airlines don’t clean the seats or tray tables between trips.
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In the same way you should always wipe down gym equipment before and after you use it, aeroplane seats should also be cleaned thoroughly to protect yourself from germs and bacteria.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell uploaded a YouTube video recently, where she shows off her typical airport routine. Since she is a frequent flier, often for international trips, Campbell takes special care of herself to ensure a safe and smooth journey.

In particular, Campbell cleans down her aeroplane seat and the surrounding area before she even sits down.

Here’s why that’s a brilliant idea.


In her video, when Campbell boards an aeroplane and heads to her seat, instead of immediately sitting down and getting comfortable, she whips out a pair of latex gloves and Dettol disinfectant wipes.

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“Clean everything you touch. Anything you can possibly touch,” Campbell says.

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Campbell wipes down her entire seat, including her arm rests, remote controls for TV and air, plus her tray table.

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“I do not care what people think of me,” Campbell says in the video. “It’s my health, and it makes me feel better.”

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The woman sitting behind Campbell even asks, “Can you do my seat next?” Campbell replies that she won’t clean the seat for her, but she was happy to lend her cleaning equipment to her fellow passenger.

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I watched Campbell’s video before getting on a flight of my own, on a trip from New York City to Toronto. When I boarded the plane, I immediately noticed how filthy the seats and tray tables were. I found crumbs of food all over my area.

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Cleaning crews might walk through the aeroplane once it’s landed to remove obvious trash, but for short 30-minute turnarounds, that’s often the best they can do. Planes generally have more thorough cleanings during longer layovers, or when they’re staying overnight at an airport, but deep cleaning on aeroplanes happens far less frequently, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal


Thankfully, my wife remembered to bring disinfectant wipes. We cleaned down our entire area, just like we would at the gym, before settling in.

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Naomi Campbell goes one step further, because she buys seat covers for her aeroplane seat. “They’re handwashed at every hotel I go to,” she says. It’s not a bad idea.

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Most airlines don’t share how often they clean the interior of their planes, but you should assume that your seat and tray table hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Be like Naomi Campbell, and clean everything. Your immune system will thank you later.

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To watch Naomi Campbell’s entire aeroplane routine, check out the video below.