Boston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2798 times:
Recently on a flight from DEN-ONT, TED 1556, The f/a came by with a trash cart and took the cups, napkins, and pretzle bags. the bags and napkins went in the trash and they kept the cups. When they took the cup of a women sitting next to me, the F/A inspected a crack, and threw it away. Could they actully be reusing cups?
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We're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2607 times:
Actually he's right, it's a new United cost saving measure. The cups are sprayed with Lysol and put back into service. The flight attendants are also instructed to scour the cabin floor for pretzels that can be repackaged and redistributed.
Gman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2580 times:
LOL..the real answer is that we stack them altogether and then we throw them out. It saves room in the trash cart, wheas if we just tossed everyone seperately they would bulk up in there!
Reuse them... LOLOLOLOLLLOLO
Having spend 8 years of working (1986-1994) in an airline catering company in CPH with costumers like, SAS, Swiss Air, TWA, Singapore, Thai, JAL, Conair of Scandinavia, Iberia, Olympic, KLM, SABENA plus some more, I can assure you that a lot of the plastic cups are reused.
Cups with a damage are tossed away; no decent airline offers defect tableware to the passengers!
If lipstick marks does not disappear during machine wash the cup gets "retired" right away.
In general plastic cups with thin walls and bottom are single use only. The thick cups, being more stiff, will get a wash and return to the trays.
Cups with the airline logo is often reusable cups BTW.
shows a plastic cup in upper left corner. The cup is for reuse! I have handled many of these old Thai cups during dish wash and tray making.
Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 4): After 4 years in airline catering, They do not reuse the cups!!!!
Apparently some airlines make extensive use of disposable cups. Maybe it's more normal in the US than in Europe.
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I agree, I've only been flying 2 years now with 2 airlines but in both cases I have seen the plastic teacups being re-used. We are not allowed to throw them away unless damaged.
When we collect in the meals we would slide the tray into the cart (disposing of any excess rubbish - keeping the meal bits etc to save space in the rubbish box) but either way we would have to keep the cups.
Those smaller "plastic glass" ones are fine to throw away, we go through too many to count on a normal day (eg MAN-RHO-MAN) or similar.
We do see a lot of cups which are already cracked, or are very dirty still but they will always slip through the net.
We do have 2 spare loaded in each galley which I believe are newbuilds.
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EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1754 times:
Quoting Gman3 (Reply 6): LOL..the real answer is that we stack them altogether and then we throw them out. It saves room in the trash cart, wheas if we just tossed everyone seperately they would bulk up in there!
Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 10): FAs stack plastic cups to conserve trash space. She probably tossed the cracked cup because it would not stack well.
Especially on longer haul flights too. We have "x" amount of space onboard for trash and the more we "manage" the trash, the better. Stacking the used cups saves valuable space in the long term.
The thin plastic cups are not reusable. The hard plastic cups are (like the ones in the upper left corner of the picture in post 11).
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5368 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14): We have "x" amount of space onboard for trash and the more we "manage" the trash, the better.
I still remember my Fifth Grade teacher, Mr. Holliday, making a powerful point about managing trash when confronting an overflowing waste basket at the front of our classroom. He had repeatedly asked us not to crumple paper before tossing it in the basket. We often ignored that mandate, leading to the oft-overflowing waste basket.
He walked the waste basket down the hall and emptied it. He returned to the classroom and called for everyone's attention. He then pulled out a ream (500 sheets) of white paper and held it up. "If I crumpled every sheet in here and piled it in the waste basket, how high would the pile go?" he asked. Most who responded said that it would go pretty near the ceiling.
Suddenly, THUMP! He had pitched the entire ream a couple of feet across the room and into the wastebasket, which swallowed it easily, even though the mass of the ream almost knocked the basket over. He glared at the class. "Do you see my point?" Everybody nodded sheepishly.
From that one dramatic demonstration, which I remember like it was yesterday, I learned how easy and preferable it is to "manage" the waste so that it only takes up a little space in my (small) apartment.
JHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1228 times:
Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 12): We do see a lot of cups which are already cracked, or are very dirty still but they will always slip through the net.
Phil, are you flying for a LLC or charter airlines?
For airlines offering very low priced tickets, saving money makes some companies to go to the more extreme (at least within non-security issues). It's a good thing to offer a balanced product, so if the PAX is stored like cattle, who cares if all the cups are all new...
Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 13): Most US airlines make extensive use of disposable cups. Mostly not a cost issue but a weight issue. Many airlines had to go back and re-weigh everything they put onboard due to new FAA standards.
Weight issue often has an aspect of cost. If the plane get heavier it uses more fuel and/or may have a smaller amount of cargo onboard.
A light disposable cup may be a bit more expensive, if the savings due to reduction in used fuel is larger than the higher price of the cup.
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 16): As long as Hygenic means for Reusing is available.
Something called... hot water and soap! Actually dishwasher detergents are normally more chemically aggressive than detergents for doing the dishes by hand at home.
If the cup does not get clean the first time it's goes through the dishwasher, it's either rewash or the garbage container.
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