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Filthy Planes, What Was Your Worst?  
User currently offlineNsfguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6609 times:

Mine was Pan Am #1 LAX-BKK back in 1982, still can't get over it! Flight was a RTW route, and had been getting later at every stop, SO cleaning was out of the question... The floor looked like one of those funky wino cabs like you get at Detroit in the winter, Oh Sweet Jesus!! And the smell of puke, bowel gas and baby milk spilled every place, not to mention the black caked on dirt that started out as a red carpet before the stampede, was truly a sight! My wonderful F/A was grabbing up cans of air freshener and spraying with both hands at the same time. I was wondering just how much time and trouble it takes to do a shampoo on a plane? Has anyone ever had this kind of experience?

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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6601 times:

HP from PHX-Denver on the weekend before thanksgiving. That 732 wad disgraceful to HP. There were pieces of food and crap flying around in little air devils when I turned the air up high. The ads that are on HP 732's were all sticky and was like putting your hand in sticky puddy. My mom had to pry her coke off of it. The smell was bad, however it wasn't helped by the fact that at the gate, the A/C wasn't working until the engines started or something like that, and the APU was providing us with pristine exhaust air! Never again will a set food on another HP 732 (but aren't there only two left?)

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6585 times:

The worst ever was little droplets of coffee left on my tray table from the previous flight. I asked the flight attendant for a cloth to wipe it down and she was back in seconds and did it for me, apolgising for having missed cleaning my tray. That was on a Qantas A330. I fly mostly domestically within Australia and that was the worst I've experienced. Not bad, eh?


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6577 times:

Basically, any Southwest plane I've ever flown in. Once I sat down in my seat, and when I got up to go to the lavatory mid-flight, I realized I had sat in some old gum that someone had stuck to the seat and hadn't been scraped off.

Too often there's been trash sticking out of the seat back pockets...another time I reached in to get the inflight magazine and found a half-eaten piece of chocolate that was melting and had gotten all over everything, including my hands.

Its a freakin disgrace. Clean up your cabins, WN!

This is all another reason why I only fly Southwest if its a last resort and I've exhausted all other options. IMO, you get what you pay for.

"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6562 times:

My worst was pretty much old AA 757 with sticky tray tables and torn carpetting (NON-TWA versions) if it was ex/TWA, that would be a clean plane, and AirAsia sure was filthy and I found a TIGER BEER can in the pocket! oh made me think of the typical BUD Id find in an Southwest pocket

There Are Those Who Believe That There May Yet Be Other Airlines Who Even Now Fight To Survive Beyond The Heavens
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4557 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

Mine was on a NW A320 from MCO-MSP.

I like NW but this plane was very dirty inside. The cabin floor wasn't very clean but it was acceptable...it was the walls of the cabin that were bad. Black marks over the windows, needed a cleaning pretty bad.

That was my first flight on an A320 so I'd been looking forward to it. Was kinda bummed at how dirty it was.

User currently offlineEconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6265 times:

I guess grubby planes are the consequence of budget cuts and demoralised staff.

User currently offlineF4N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

To all:

Any PeopleExpress 731 I was ever on...



User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2289 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6214 times:

By faaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, a Lufthansa Boeing 737-300, MUC-BEG.


Kafa, čaj, šraf?
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

ATA L-1011 Tristar. Faded colours, loose panels, stinky like a meetingroom of Philip Morris. And it took more than an hour to close a door.

AMC 737-200. Bloody awful, overpainted seals and rust-streaks around the doorsill!

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

I'm pretty lucky, worst was a jetBlue A320 flying from New York to Burlington, pizza sauce on a towel and some crayons on the tray. Otherwise I've been fairly fortunate, WN was decent, no complaints. Cleanest was a new jetBlue A320, or pretty much any trans-atlantic flight before boarding.

What now?
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6112 times:

and Alitalia

Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

The experience I had was somewhat unusual on a Saudi Flight from Rhyad to Jedda in 1995 - on the rear section of the Lockeed Tristar in front of the toilets some people excremented in front of the toilets....
They seemingly where asians beeing expelled and did not know how to use aircraft toilets...
The shame is on the crew who apparently did not assist those people to evolve in an enviremnt uncommon to them.

I will never ever fly Saudi in my life -....

Please respect animals - don't eat them...
User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

The worst airplane I ever flew on was a Republic Airlines DC-9 that flew from ATL to Pensacola, FL. Horrible little airplane, everything was dirty and unkept. It was so bad I passed on the beverage service, fearing dirty cups/glasses. There were even coffee stains on the walls, the carpet was a mess and the seats looked like they had been on that plane for 100 years. I never flew that airline after that.  coffee 

One Nation Under God
User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22864 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

My worst was a Tower Air 741 (or it might have been a 742) from JFK to ORY. Lav fluid seeping from the lav to the floor under my seat is not something that I really wanted to have happen.

May that airline rot in pieces.


7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

Quoting ATLhomeCMH (Reply 3):
Once I sat down in my seat, and when I got up to go to the lavatory mid-flight, I realized I had sat in some old gum that someone had stuck to the seat and hadn't been scraped off.

You mean you didn't LOOK where you sat? And don't tell me that you shouldn't have to, becuase that is just plain ignorance.

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1912 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

I have heard a lot of bad stories about Ghana Airways DC-10s, when they were flying. Never been in them myself tho.

Sadly, it is more often the passengers who are to blame, than the airline.

Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9916 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

US Airways Fokker 100 CLT-IND
Delta Air Lines 737-200 CVG-CLE
Northwest Airlines DC9-30 DTW-STL
Comair CRJ-200 CVG-CLE

For the reverse, the cleanest-
ATA 757-200 IND-LGA
United 757-200 ORD-LGA
USAirways 737-300 PHL-BDA
Northwest Airlines A320 MSP-IND
TWA 757-200 STL-IND

*ALWAYS* in the Mediocre/Fair Category-
Any MD80 that I've ever been on

if assumptions could fly, airliners.net would be the world's busiest airport
User currently offlineQxq400 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5903 times:

Without a doubt no one comes close to having there planes as filthy as Southwest. Southwest own policy of quick turning EVERY plane leads directly to there number one ranking in my book.
As stated in and earlier post"you get what you pay for". On Southwest that is a smelly dirty plane ride. And that is why I will not even non-rev. on there planes.  vomit 

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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3153 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

Four times the Ryanair Boeing 737-300 (ex Buzz). Bubblegum nearly everywhere and in the safetycards, dirty and more than used seats...but we landed safely.

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2913 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

Mine was a long time ago back in 1992 on an Indian Airlines B737-200 now with Alliance air.
That flight was just a nightmare

User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

Hi, this picture shows some of the rubbish left when the passengers go,

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Frederic Backaert

and what the cleaners miss!  bigthumbsup 

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Christian Galliker

Enlarge these and have a look!

The dirtiest flight I've probably been on was an Airtours A320 in 1999, ripped seat, and horrible purple stains on the tray!
Cheers Ryan
SignalOne  mischievous 

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

"I will never ever fly Saudi in my life" Beaucaire dixit.

I fly Saudi Arabian every month between Europe and Southern India, and I always apprieciate the good service and I can say that the 777-200 are clean in general, even the toilets.

Cheers. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1182 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5794 times:

Like with most airlines you have good and bad flights, including a clean cabin - or not. My worst experiences were 737-200s of Ryanair, 747-200 and 737-200 of Air Madagascar, and recently a 767 of Air Canada. But by far the worst was a 727 of Olympic - it was beyond description (the flight on their A300 wasn't much better).

BUT as bad as it all sounds, out of my close to 300 flights, the vast majority were good experiences, and I truly appreciate the work of the flight attendants - it's not easy to cope with people of all walks of life, including their ideas of "clean" and comfortable. I have never been disappointed by CX, LH, BA, NZ and many more.

Regarding "you get what you pay for", I must say that in the LCC sector, I was mightily impressed by Freedom Air, easyJet, GO and WestJet - all flights I took with them were outstanding, and *easily* lived up to most mainstream airline standards. Ryanair and Jetsgo were ok for the fare you paid, and still acceptable.

I never had a chance to fly with AZ, and I heard many many bad things about their dirty cabins, and equally many many good things about them - another example for the notion that people's perceptions and experience vary significantly - even on the same airline. And to make it even more interesting: I did research on visitor satisfaction on dolphin watch tours, and even on the very same trip, husband and wife filled in their surveys differently. You have guessed it: One was very happy, the other one said the trip was a waste of time! There you go - and flights are no different in that aspect...


User currently offlineAT502B From South Africa, joined Dec 2004, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

This last Christmas season I gave Airtran (FL) a try on the B717, and I can say that while the Airplane was new- it was grimy and dirty. The seats were stained and the tray tables still had coffee and soda on from previous flights. There was also crumbs and old food on the floor (ground into the carpet), it was a shock as I've had really good luck with the other LCC's I've been on (WN, F9)  vomit 
At first I thought it was just an off day, but then a week later on the return flight- the filth was back with a vengeance-this time the lavs were nastier then the originating flight  eyepopping 

I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning.
25 Koenie : I heared a story from my uncle that there were cockroaches comming behind the panels of the biman (bangladesh?) aircraft they flew to Birma...
26 Orion737 : Ryanair and BMIbaby have some scruffy planes inside and out. The cabin carpets, seats and window panels have all seen better days but could be made be
27 Post contains images Kilavoud : Loeni, cockroach is a very common name ? Was it some "Blattella Germanica", some "Blatta Orientalis" or maybe some "Periplaneta Americana". Whatever i
28 Airgeek12 : I really haven't been on a plane that's been really really bad. I think I was on a couple UA flights that smelled pretty bad. Other than that it's usu
29 Lijnden : AF B747 early 80's JFK > CDG
30 Post contains images Tnsaf : Alliance Airlines in India, a beat up 737-200. The overhead bins folded flat into the ceiling and I was literally afraid to sit in the seat. No space
31 Cathay744 : UA SFO-HNL SICK 1999
32 UAalltheway : Can't recall the worst flight, had lots of those. I've had alot of trashed planes on DL express, though.
33 Birdwatching : You have to keep in mind that generally airlines (small airlines especially) will put more effort in keeping their new aircraft (their pride) clean, a
34 HorizonGirl : I sat down in my seat, only to find someone had drawn "wash me" on the bottom of the table tray! Devon
35 EADC8 : I think I was on this very same plane after it was purchased by Tower Air!!
36 Skywatch : My worst was an Atlantic Airline of Honduras Fokker 27. But, it was not too bad.
37 Post contains images Boeing73G : 1. HP A320 PHX-SEA: Still had old seats w/video monitors all scratched up, flimsy tray tables, plane looked VERY worn out, smelly+ foul looking lavato
38 Doona : UA 732 between ORD and BNA. My tray table was ok, but the guy sitting next to me had to tear his can of soda off of his... He pulled pretty hard, and
39 Post contains links and images Newark777 : I had to fly this thing a while back. Pretty clean on AF standards. View Large View MediumPhoto © Orrico emmanuel Harry
40 777ER : On all the NZ flights I've been on, never once been on a non clean aircraft. NZ must have pride on the cleaness of the inside of their aircraft
41 NZ747 : Not all the time. I've been in more than a few dirty girls from the AirNZ fleet.[Edited 2005-04-21 14:05:41]
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