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Airplane staff reveals the shocking gruesome secrets of airplane hygiene

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From dirty tray tables to infected seat belts, airplanes are not as clean as you may have thought.

Staff from an airline cabin crew claims that airplanes are a health risk, due to improper use of facilities by passengers and the lack of consequent sanitation by maintenance. The research team found that the dirtiest parts of the plane might be those we never thought of and are continuously using without caution. Among them are the tray tables and the seatbelts, which come in contact with the passengers directly flight after flight.    

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - "Cleaners don't have time to thoroughly clean planes between journeys, as they are under pressure constantly to provide a quick turn-around," claimed the anonymous cabin crew, cited in the Daily Mail.

The unidentified staff talked about activities observed during in-flights, including changing babies' diapers on tray tables. There are also situations where passengers just urinate in their seats and cut fingernails on board.


The crew member insists that every passenger should sanitize the tray tables first before take off and warns that the carpets and toilet floors are most of the time filthy, so never to walk barefoot around the plane.

"Sickness and ill-health can put a dampener or even ruin well-deserved holidays abroad that have been planned for months or even years, and aeroplanes, airports, cruise ships and hotels can all be breeding grounds for bacteria," said Bola Lafe, founder of Aquaint. Sanitizing experts conducted the research in behalf of the company, according to the Daily Mail.

After investigating an unidentified airport in the US, The Today Show conducted a separate study and found that foldable tray tables are of the worst when it comes to the in-flight hygiene.

Research also shows that planes and airports host microorganisms that cause cold viruses, E-coli, influenza, listeria and MRSA. However, because they are rarely replaced or cleaned, seatbelts are even worse when it comes to sanitation.

Human "bacteroides" are present at air travel facilities, which cause several health damages. According to Dr. Robert Glatter from the Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, these bacteria can live in our guts and intestines, causing real health problems.

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