Here’s How Often Airline Blankets Actually Get Washed

It's no secret that planes are germ-infested spaces right?

In addition to the air being recycled throughout the aircraft, the blankets that are sometimes provided on flights creep me out.

And now I know why!

According to a former airline attendant, blankets aren’t swapped out or cleaned in between flights, so yes that person who was sneezing all flight probably did so in the blanket that you’re covering up with.

The former airline attendant took to Reddit to spill the tea. “Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw them cleaned or sanitized once."

According to those that fly the friendly skies the most, blankets are usually just folded up and reused. A clean one is only available at the beginning of the day, same for the food tray which is only cleaned overnight.

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