BostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 462 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1025 times:
In the "olden days", the hot towels were actually made of cotton and were usually passed out in the morning after an overnight flight. I think the main reason was to allow people to "wipe the sleep out of their eyes" without having to use the lavatory. Nowadays they seem to be microwaved paper "wet wipes" and are given out at what seems to me to be strange times. Why would I need a hot towel just after takeoff? Hmmm....come to think of it...the way most airports are these days....it might not be a bad idea
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
It is simply nice to freshen up after a long or not so long flight. Especially if it is a night flight. What surprises me is that some, not most, people just don't know what to do with the warm towel. It is amusing to watch passengers as they are presented the hot towel.
Try it !!!
Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 971 times:
Around the US I find that I only get the towels on domestic first class flights and first and business international flights. I have never had the towel on domestic economy seats. I think the towels are nice tom get before a meal, you can wash up with out every one rushing to the sinks in the lavs.
Tanguy From Australia, joined Sep 1999, 154 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 896 times:
The carrier for which I work recently stopped loading pre-take off orange juice for the Y/C pax as a cost saving measure. We still offer hot towels in all classes. It seems that airline managers these days have to balance the demands of the marketing department which wants to attract pax with lots of little extras, with the need to reduce or contain overall costs which when scaled up into a large operation can become a sizeable cost for the company.
It does not surprise me at all than an airline would stop offering hot towels as mentioned by UALfa@jfk, in order to save money. Imagine if a tray of towels cost just a dollar. Add the cost of a few trays of towels to every flight ,every day and the cost isn't just "peanuts" any more... which could get me started on another topic altogether, airline food!!!!!! Enough for now, Cheers,
KLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 15 Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 869 times:
Lots of airlines I've flown on have hot towels which is refreshing, especially on a long-haul trip and nothing to dampen your body. And since it's usually kind of cold on the airplane, the hot towel is warm, especially if it's served before a meal, which I love.