We’re just going to go ahead and put it out there. Airplanes are quite literally covered in faecal matter and the worst part? The two most disgusting places aren’t even the ones that you’d expect.
Speaking to Reddit, a former flight attendant for Southwest Airlines in the US said: “If you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or recently 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.”
Yup, that’s right, the place where you sit and eat your food. Covered in poo.
But then there’s the second most disgusting place: the humble arm rest, which is automatically disgusting due to the material that it’s constructed from.
As noted by Auburn University, the chair rest carries the highest levels of E.Coli, allowing the bug to survive for at least 4 days.
Toilet handles on the other hand can host the bug for a mere 48 hours. We know which one we’d rather take our chances touching.
So make sure you’ve stocked up on your 80ml hand gel the next time you get on board: you're gonna need that stuff to get you through the flight in a vaguely sanitary state.