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AA Main Cabin Blankets will no longer be on domestic flts after 5/1  
User currently offlineOzark1 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 445 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6009 times:

It's official. No more of those red blankets on domestic flights in coach on AA after 5/1. You can buy one from the flight attendant after that. They haven't said how much they will charge for them but just be sure you bring a jacket in case it gets chilly.

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User currently offlineRIPCORDD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5969 times:

Your better off not using those things anyways unless they come sealed in a bag passengers have some horrible habits and who knows what the person did to that blanket before you.

User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11522 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5940 times:

Thank God - those things could be disgusting.  

User currently offlineCrosscheck007 From Poland, joined Jan 2010, 278 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5888 times:

Haha when was the last time anyone saw blankets in the main cabin? I haven't seen any in months! I echo others' sentiments...good riddence! B6 and US had the right idea with their buy-on-board "Nap Sacks"; you get a clean, fresh blanket that you can keep for a decent price.


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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5240 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5888 times:



Quoting Commavia (Reply 2):
Thank God - those things could be disgusting.

Could be? I remember once reading about a study they did on just how dirty those blankets can get. Scary scary stuff.  scared 



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User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5870 times:

i saw them this week... twice
both on my JFK-SFO Sunday morning
and LAX-HNL that night



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5801 times:



Quoting Crosscheck007 (Reply 3):
Haha when was the last time anyone saw blankets in the main cabin?

I got one on a NW DC-9 back in December. It wasn't in a plastic bag, so I put it through the laundry as soon as I got home.

-J.



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1283 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Also keep in mind that the cleaners will fold and stow blankets as they come across them in the cabin, and generally won't remove their gloves (which have been used for other cleaning purposes) before doing so. Just another reason I would never use an airline blanket.


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5780 times:



Quoting Crosscheck007 (Reply 3):
B6 and US had the right idea with their buy-on-board "Nap Sacks"; you get a clean, fresh blanket that you can keep for a decent price.

I took a SAN-JFK redeye a couple weeks ago, and where that really would have come in handy, and would have gladly bought one. They didn't even have any to sell. What a letdown.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25106 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5752 times:



Quoting OA412 (Reply 4):
Quoting Commavia (Reply 2):
Thank God - those things could be disgusting.

Could be? I remember once reading about a study they did on just how dirty those blankets can get. Scary scary stuff.



Quoting A346Dude (Reply 7):
Also keep in mind that the cleaners will fold and stow blankets as they come across them in the cabin, and generally won't remove their gloves (which have been used for other cleaning purposes) before doing so. Just another reason I would never use an airline blanket.

Totally agree. I never touch airline blankets. I'm even nervous about those in sealed plastic bags as I've been told (whether true or not I have no idea) that some airlines will simply put a used blanket in a new sealed plastic bag if they don't appear to be soiled.


User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2272 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5170 times:



Quoting Ozark1 (Thread starter):
They haven't said how much they will charge for them

$8 for a fleece blanket and inflatable pillow.



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User currently offlinePeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1438 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5140 times:



Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 6):
It wasn't in a plastic bag, so I put it through the laundry as soon as I got home.

LOL!!! You funny guy.



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

Those things are gross. Thanks AA. It was especially great when you saw them rolled up and placed on seats in between flights. What were they trying to hide?  crazy 


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User currently offlineCYSAFAN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

lol. They seemed to encourage people to pay extra money and UPGRADE!!! Sooner or later, to make matters worse some flights will be AA premium flights lol!!

User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2272 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

I guess the good news with this transition is domestic first will still have blankets, and all IFS flights will still have blankets, but they'll all be fresh, in sealed plastic on each and very flight that offers them.

FYI, for pay blankets will be offered on all domestic flights, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Central America and northern rim South America, in lieu of free blankets.



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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3051 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4710 times:

SO UA,CO,and DL all offer free blankets still.

I believe all blankets departing a hub on UA are sealed. At least they were IAD-LAX, LAX-ORD, ORD-ALB.



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User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4257 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4527 times:



Quoting Crosscheck007 (Reply 3):
good riddence! B6 and US had the right idea with their buy-on-board "Nap Sacks"; you get a clean, fresh blanket that you can keep for a decent price.

US is eliminating the Sleep Sacks on board as of next week. And this is happening very quietly as well


User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 864 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4506 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
I'm even nervous about those in sealed plastic bags as I've been told (whether true or not I have no idea) that some airlines will simply put a used blanket in a new sealed plastic bag if they don't appear to be soiled.

I was going to mention this as well. Are the duvets in premium cabins on 767 and 777 flights sealed, and if so, washed/cleaned prior to each flight? When I flew DL in J the blanket came in a plastic bag, but even then there's no guarantee.



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4469 times:



Quoting Apodino (Reply 16):
US is eliminating the Sleep Sacks on board as of next week. And this is happening very quietly as well

I wanted to buy one of those, but then my friends got me a travel pillow/blanket set for Chanukkah  

And I got that blanket on Delta. They go well together, the red set and the blue blanket.

-J.



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User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2272 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4087 times:



Quoting Soxfan (Reply 17):
was going to mention this as well. Are the duvets in premium cabins on 767 and 777 flights sealed, and if so, washed/cleaned prior to each flight?

They are supposed to be. If they're sealed in plastic, they came that way from the outside vendor who launders them. When cleaning staff board an a/c and collect used blankets they are sent to outside vendors for cleaning. Pillows receive new or laundered pillow cases, depending on whether they're disposable or not. I can assure American is paying for them to be cleaned, so if they're sealed in plastic they better be, otherwise AA's getting ripped off too.

According to AA, the change to buy-on-board pillows/blankets for main cabin will make way for fresh, sealed blankets on ALL flights that still offer them (domestic first and in all cabins on International Flagship Service flights).



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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4033 times:



Quoting QQflyboy (Reply 10):

$8 for a fleece blanket and inflatable pillow.

Hah! Hey, maybe I'll just pick up a Snuggie at Walgreens for 12.99 before heading to the airport. At least I can still use my arms while staying warm He! He!  duck 


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19498 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4030 times:



Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 20):

Hah! Hey, maybe I'll just pick up a Snuggie at Walgreens

OMG, that material is MAGICAL. I have a bathrobe made of it (I'm wearing it right now) and it's like wearing a cloud.

Um... is this post OT?

Are the blankets washed each flight for F or J, if there is turn-down service available?


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7247 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4000 times:
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The only thing I require to sleep is a eye mask, ear plugs, and laminated sign stating "I am sleeping, please don't wake me, thank you." I wear it around my neck. Have you seen me on your AA or UA flight lately?  

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 15):

SO UA,CO,and DL all offer free blankets still.

All carriers will follow with this service for fee.

Quoting QQflyboy (Reply 10):
$8 for a fleece blanket and inflatable pillow.

Reasonable.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3867 times:



Quoting QQflyboy (Reply 19):
They are supposed to be. If they're sealed in plastic, they came that way from the outside vendor who launders them. When cleaning staff board an a/c and collect used blankets they are sent to outside vendors for cleaning. Pillows receive new or laundered pillow cases, depending on whether they're disposable or not. I can assure American is paying for them to be cleaned, so if they're sealed in plastic they better be, otherwise AA's getting ripped off too.

Us experienced AA pax can tell a laundered blanket.  The F/J blankets have a slight chemical smell to them when you take them fresh out of the bag. I'm not sure if they're dry cleaned or laundered, but they do smell different.



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3652 times:
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About a year ago I flew from BKI to KUL on a Malaysia 777. I rarely use a blanket on an airplane, but I was having cold chills, so I took a sealed blanket from the seat pocket in economy, opened it, and it smelled strongly of wet tobacco.

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25 Post contains images Crosscheck007 : Now that is just a shame. That is one of the few things that US chose to do that I actually agreed with. So what now? No free blankets or BOB kits? N
26 Post contains images OB1504 : It's a good thing I already have my own AA blanket, then. In all seriousness, $8 for a blanket you can use every time you fly seems rather reasonable
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