Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6398 posts, RR: 29 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 28292 times:
The other day I was talking with my mom about what to get my dad for Christmas and she suggested a small pillow and blanket for when he travels. I said that dad has been using the airline's pillows and blankets since 1969 and they seem ok to him. Mom went on about how they don't get washed very often. That made me wonder do they ever get washed? If so how often?
NWA757boy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 680 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 28280 times:
Blankets at NW are every 30 days.....Same with Continental, CO has tags on their blankets showing the date it was made or delivered I guess either way I would NEVER use an airline blanket they are a cess pool of diseases.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3417 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 28161 times:
Well, I can't speak for all airlines. However, I work as a Cabin Service Agent, and part of my job is doing the pillows and blankets.
Pillows: Basically at the end of every flight when we get on the plane we collect all the pillows that were used, take off the old cover, put on a fresh one, and put it back in the overhead bin where it belongs. After a while some of them get a little worn out, and in that case we simply put the pillow in the garbage. Every now and then we bring new pillows on board and make the bin full again, to make up for ones that get lost/worn out/stolen/etc over time.
Blankets: At the end of every flight we restock the aircraft with clean ones, and take the used ones off with us. When we aren't on the planes part of our job also is to wash said blankets, and then when they are clean and dry we fold them, bag them, and put them in the clean bin ready to go back on a plane.
Seems to work quite well for us, but then again with only 6 airplanes, and some not used every day, and some flts being freighters, a busy day we might have to do 5-15 blankets and 20-30 pillows, but often it's less than that.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2735 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 28116 times:
I don't know what they do on other airlines, but anytime I fly CO and watch as the aircraft is serviced for a turn, I always see the cabin cleaners toting huge bags of fresh pillows and blankets as they walk up the jetway stairs into the cabin...in fact, just this morning on my EWR-BOS flight, I saw them go up with pillows and blankets neatly organized in big plastic bags....and then they came out about 15 minutes later with bags filled with a jumbled mess of pillows and blankets. My guess is that they take off all the old ones and bring new stuff aboard for each flight.
But as a side note, it definitely seemed a little ridiculous to have pillows and blankets on EWR-BOS. The flight was a whopping 38 minutes, and nobody took any out of the overhead bins -- that just seemed like a waste of money to me. I know that CO tries to provide full amenities, but there are some areas where you can make cuts and nobody will care.
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2176 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 28032 times:
Quoting September11 (Reply 7): I like it when airlines provide clean/new cabin pillows and blankets in sealed packages
Honestly, so do we, and sometimes we do (but no ariline does it on every flight). In this age of consumer-price-driven travel, the passenger would be much better buying a $5 neck pillow, and dressing in layers, or bringing their favorite binkie aboard.
JoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 6285 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 27825 times:
Quoting Travatl (Reply 8): the passenger would be much better buying a $5 neck pillow
Best thing ever created for sleeping on a plane. Airline pillows are completely useless unless it's used to pad your head against the wall if you have a window seat. Even then, the inflatable neck pillow beats it hands down.
D328 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 27652 times:
Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 10): Best thing ever created for sleeping on a plane. Airline pillows are completely useless unless it's used to pad your head against the wall if you have a window seat. Even then, the inflatable neck pillow beats it hands down.
Phoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 27630 times:
Aren't there regulations about this? I have never gotten a dirty blanket or pillow but I can imagine that dirty blankets and pillows may just be teeming with bacteria and viruses: cold, flu and oh ya...who can forget SARS scare!! Does the airline really want to take a chance making so many PAX sick and then getting sued??
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JoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 6285 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 27515 times:
On every flight I've taken in Asia, there has always been a sealed pillow/blanket combo on me seat. I don't know if they've been cleaned to specs but the blanket is always folded nicely and smells clean.
NWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3483 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 27344 times:
Quoting NWA757boy (Reply 2): Blankets at NW are every 30 days.....Same with Continental, CO has tags on their blankets showing the date it was made or delivered I guess either way I would NEVER use an airline blanket they are a cess pool of diseases.
On the Int'l flights, the blankets are "new" (at least freshly laundered), and the pillows have new covers on them.
On domestic routes, there are no pillows, and the blankets shouldn't be used for anything besides a floor mat if the forward galley is wet.
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GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1081 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 27068 times:
To put it mildly, in my profession, I wash my hands alot. But really, people aren't dropping like flies from communicable diseases after flying on an aircraft. We had something like 2 million people passing through Hartsfield this weekend. If 2000 became sickened from using blankets/pillows, that would still be less than 0.1% getting ill, and 2000 sickened people x similar figures throughout the US this holiday weekend would displace even the nastiest political news of the day.
I agree, the idea is less than appetizing, in fact, it is really kind of gross. But it is hardly the amount of filth required to sicken people. If sitting next to Mr and Mrs Stinky, barefoot, sweaty armpitted, lardbottoms with the unwashed tank tops doesn't get you sick (I said sick, not nauseous), a dirty recycled "blanket" won't do it either. Unless the last passenger had smallpox, and even then, chances are good you won't get it.
Any chance than my entry can be the last on this really yucky thread?
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IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 26856 times:
Most carriers put fresh ones on after every long haul or everyother longhaul flight. For domestic flights who knows. Jet blue seems pretty good about replacing them frequently. I bring my own inflatable pillow and use my over coat or a pashmina as a blanket. I'll use the airplane ones if there are no obvious stains but only over my legs never near my face.
Tcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 26491 times:
Working at a line station, pillows and blankets are replaced after/before each flight. Are they clean? I don't know but they are folded all nice and neat...better than our cleaners could do. I don't know how/when they get washed, but we seem to have a pretty large stock of both available.
: oh no, if my wife reads this i will get 10 yrs worth of "i told you so" thrown on me at once...