The gross reason why you shouldn’t use the seat pockets on a plane, according to a flight attendant

Seat pockets on planes are writhing with germs. VPales / Shutterstock
  • You should never use the seat pockets on a plane, according to a flight attendant.
  • According to a Reddit post, everything from toe nails to underwear has been found in them.
  • Swab tests have also shown the most germs are found on the headrest, seatbelt buckle, tray table, and inside handle of the washroom door.
  • With the spread of COVID-19, it’s a good idea to try and travel as hygienically as possible.
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Planes aren’t the most pleasant of places. Your feet can swell up, your ears pop, and, for some people, you may end up crying like a baby.

Add onto that the spread of COVID-19, and the fact planes and airports are germy places where illnesses can spread through recycled air and surfaces, it’s a good idea to try and be informed so you can travel as hygienically as possible.

According to a user on Reddit, a long haul flight attendant who goes by HausofDarling, one of the dirtiest places on a plane is actually the seat pocket in front of you.

Apparently, they never get properly cleaned, and everything from garbage to used tissues and underwear has been found left behind in them.

“I ALWAYS recommend you never, ever, ever, EVER use or put anything in the seat pocket,” HausofDarling wrote.

“They are cleared of rubbish but are never ‘cleaned.’ I have pulled out and seen all sorts been pulled out from there.

“Dirty tissues, sick bags, knickers, socks, peoples feet, gum, half sucked sweets, apple cores … and then next flight you go and put your phone/laptop/iPad in there.”

The flight attendant continued: “I’ve never found a severed foot but people seem to curl up into a fetal position by putting their feet in the seat pocket. Also finger and toe nails. Just … I don’t know why.”

They added, unsurprisingly, that the toilets are also not a great place to spend more time than necessary.

“Please do not ever walk into a toilet with bare feet,” they wrote. “I promise you, 9 times out of 10, that is not water on the floor. Also please don’t try and have sex in them, you are so obvious and it is filthy.”

They added the toilets are often only deep cleaned only at the end of a route.

“For us this could be from one side of the world to the other,” they said. “Imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12 hour flight with 200 people using them.”

In November 2018, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) conducted tests on 18 flights with the airlines Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter between Ottawa and Montreal.

Swab tests found the dirtiest places are headrests, testing positive for Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Hemolytic bacteria. Seat pockets were a close second with high numbers of aerobic bacteria, mould, coliforms, and E.coli.

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