Flight secrets: Cabin crew reveals the one thing you should ‘never’ use on flights

Flight attendants travel the world with their profession but this sometimes comes at a price. Cabin crew often have to cope with some extreme situations during flights. From difficult passengers to turbulence, they often see it all.


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They are often trained to deal with danger and work hard to give passengers peace of mind while flying.

However, dealing with a variety of passengers means that flight staff often see some weird and disgusting sights while in the air.

Taking to Reddit to express their disgust, one flight attendant explained how there is one thing you should never do for one foul reason.

The flight attendant explained on Reddit that this is one thing you should “never, ever” do.

They explained: “I’m a long haul flight attendant, coming up to six years.

“I’ve worked short, long and now ultra long haul flying.

“From economy to first class and everything in-between.

“Obligatory, my opinions are my own and not reflective of my employer and I can only speak for the airlines I have worked on.

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“To me, a lot of it is basic common knowledge.”

They continued: “I ALWAYS recommend you never, ever, ever, EVER use or put anything in the seat pocket.

“They are cleared of rubbish but are never ‘cleaned’.

“I have pulled out and seen all sorts being 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.”

They then advised that passengers should bring sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes on flights because the cabins are often not cleaned for short haul flights.

“If you’re flying short haul, definitely bring antibac wipes or sanitiser”, they added.

They continued: “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.”

It’s likely that sanitation and safety measures will change on flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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