Flight attendant warns passengers to never rest their head on the plane’s windows
It’s hopefully not long until our lives begin to return to some semblance of normality and we can think about jetting off on new adventures again.
For some unknown reason, being on holiday appears to go hand-in-hand with losing all understanding of what is – and what is not – socially acceptable.
There are hugely popular social media accounts set up with the sole purpose of exploring the strange phenomenon, studying the bizarre behaviour of humans on their travels, ranging from spotting bare feet on the headrests of the plane seats to using the overhead air vents to dry underwear.
Many of us, hopefully, manage to hold it together just enough to avoid this type of behaviour, but a flight attendant has warned that other, more innocent acts can actually be just as gross.
Linda Ferguson, who worked as cabin crew for 24 years, revealed that if you’re lucky enough to bag a window seat you might be able to take in the great views, but you should never rest your head on the window itself.
She told Reader’s Digest that many passengers use the window or wall to lean on, often in an attempt to sleep, but never realise just how grim it might be.
Linda said that she witnessed just how many people coughed, breathed, sneezed and “who knows what else” against the surface, adding: “I see plenty of people carry Lysol wipes with them that will wipe the area around their seat.
“If there was a backlight and they could light up a plane with all the germs, I think it would petrify everybody.
“My rule of thumb, and I never get sick, is I never put my hands in my mouth or near my face.”
But it’s not just the windows you need to worry about, after flight attendants took to Reddit to share inside secrets, which included how grim the tray tables really are.
One wrote: “The tray tables are gross. Can’t even remember how many times I’ve seen babies changed on them, people puke on them, people bleed on them…
“They’re supposed to be cleaned nightly, but I wouldn’t put food directly on them. Nope nope nope!”
And for those worried about the germs lurking from the previous passengers, they advised taking your own antibacterial wipes on board to clean any and all surfaces before you use them.