I know I’m not the only person concerned about flying right now. I am a self diagnosed germaphobe, so needless to say, I’m a little on edge these days. Are you asking yourself, “Just how safe, or clean, is the airplane you’re traveling on?” Well, according to Fox 28, even though everyone can’t afford to fly privately on their own plane, germs don’t care if you’re seated in business class or coach.
They’ll hitch a ride wherever they can. Kristin Adams says her business, The Immaculate Touch, is taking off. Her crew details private planes, making sure every nook and cranny is clean, polished and perfect.
Even the carpet comes out for a deep cleaning. But, the cleaning challenge is even bigger for commercial jets. Scientists have found that among the dirtiest areas on these aircraft are the tray tables, armrests, seat-belts and even the seats.
“When you enter a plane, the first two areas are where people put most of their hands,” Adams says.”They grab onto the chairs and move on back.”
Most major airlines aren’t willing to share their cleaning secrets. Plus, the FAA doesn’t regulate or inspect aircraft cleaning. It’s left up to the individual airlines.
Adams says that’s why, when she’s flying commercial, she says she always brings along her own supplies — hand sanitizer and alcohol-based wipes.
She says she wipes down her arm rests, buttons and tray table; hoping to ward off what other passengers may have carried on.