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Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:40 am

I'd like to hear your stories about the most disgusting plane you've ever flown on. This is not a service complaint thread, but a disgustingness complain thread.

Mine has to be a Canjet 737-200. The plane itself was in orderly fashion, very clean, but this ex-US Airways looks like the seat cloths have not been changed since the start.. blackening headests, especially near the back... just looking at the photo makes my stare.


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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:44 am


Prepare to see a lot of AF answers...............  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:48 am

Hmm...I've seen some nasty planes over the years, but off the top of my head, one of the worst was a Delta 727 with a very colorful--but atrociously tacky--70s "disco" color scheme on the interior, and particularly creaky floorboards. The lavs were not exactly sparkling, either. This was in 1996, mind you.  Smile
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:49 am

I once got on KIsh Air flight The equipment was a YAK42 with no paint scheme which, presumably means it was a wet lease.
There was mold (yes the real black stuff!) on the inside of the plane on the lwer parts of the cabin!
believe me, I normally love flying but I could not wait to get off this thing.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:06 am

Well, the only time on board a plane that my stomach was really getting ready to... well... rid itself of it's contents was on a United A320 from Denver to Seattle on 7 June 2000: the kid that had occupied one of the middle on the flight before had thrown up quite extensively, the three seats in that row were "covered"...

... which was bad enough as it is, because they hadn't had a chance to have the seat covers changed before they started the boarding process.

But the really sickening part was that I had the window seat in precisely that row!

So I stood in the aisle, waiting for something to happen... at some point a flight attendant came by and asked me if I needed help finding my seat - I told her that I didn't need help with that, but I'd appreciate it if someone came and actually cleaned it before I sat down... at that moment she responded with "let me guess, you're in row x" (don't know which one it was) - no surprise, she guessed correctly.

About 5-10 minutes later a guy carrying several seat covers and lots of cleaning utensils came in, took off the seat covers, cleaned the actual seats, wiped off all other exposed surfaces, sprayed on something that seemed like "airplane deodorant", put on new covers and left...

I was then asked to take my seat...

That was a one of the very, very few flights that I've experienced where I was really glad when we had arrived, and I was able to get out of that seat.

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Frank

P.S.: Yes, the two other seats in "my" row were the only free seats in the whole plane, so there was no possibility for me to relocate to another seat.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:09 am

Almost all of the NW flights I have been on have been disgusting.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:10 am

I wish you would elaborate, DIJKKIJK !

Tell us about it, hey!
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:13 am

First off, this thread belongs in Polls & Preferences.

Now, back on topic. CO is known for very clean and orderly aircraft. One, however, is absolutely the pits. I flew on them from CLE to MIA back in December, on one of their 737-300s. It had the "new" seat covers, but it was without a doubt the dirtiest airplane I've ever been in- discolored seat covers, broken tray tables, holes in the ones that weren't broken, crayon (!) on the walls, and disgustingly dirty lavatories. I hope to never see an aircraft in such condition in their fleet again. That's why I try to schedule myself on the 737NGs, but it doesn't always work out that way.
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:16 am



KL911

Sorry, but so far not a single complaint about AF.

If you want to see one, you better write it...

 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:18 am

I could be bashed for this but:

European (majors) carriers' interior are much cleaner than the US ones.

And yes I know lots of you can think of reasons to justify it with the likes of 'how many planes does the US have vs European majors' and 'how do you expect the US to clean 2000+ seats and keep them immaculate whereas the European Majors barely reach 1000' and the oh-so-famous 'You blind?! You probably haven't seen AF's!'. So to keep it simple, let me state that i'm comparing domestic US flights (esp AA, UA, USAirways, DL, TW) vs European Euro-services (LH, KL, BA, SK) where the European majors are very much well mantained and more modern to look at and sit in.

(Note: IMO, the US long-haul fleet are well-maintained (cabin and seats) and pleasing to the eye and on-par with their European counterparts. It's the domestic that I'm refering to as below Euro-standard).

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:25 am

There can be ONLY one...

I was flying back in 1999 from Sofia to Berlin on Balkan Bulgarian- this was a scary flight for everyone, but I loved it...

First, you noticed this incredible smell of soviet aircrafts, next thing was the missing overhead compartments. Also very nice was lightning system, comprimising of a neon lamp screwd to the ceiling...

My seat at the emergency exit was rusted, the carpet was not attached to the floor (a flying carpet  Smile/happy/getting dizzy). Best part was the TV (not working)- they cut a hole in the cabin wall for the "picture tube"(?)- model early '80! the tray table had to be manually attached to the seat...

Next thing I noticed, were flyers of AIR COMMERCE of Bosnia-Herzigovina in the seat pockets... a very strange flying experience...

One comment to the BALKAN service, we were given a free meal at the airport! We had to line up for a service desk. This service desk was secured by toughened glass (like a bank), then you have to gave your ticket through a small slit (where it was stamped) and in return they gave us a meal... But much worst was the BALKAN deluxe Hotel in Sofia, where the drunken waiter passed you the finish meal from the neighbor table- so by the way...  Big grin

a very strange flying experience...
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:26 am

Southwest tops my list... especially with the old cloth seats, the dirt and peanut crumbs are easier to spot. Also due to short turnaround time...

AA and United have been pretty bad with cleaning their interiors lately. I suspect that they cut back on cleaners or the frequencies of having their planes cleaned...

On the other hand, JAL and ANA have the cleanliest cabin of all airlines.

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:26 am

ASA and Continetal Express EMB-120s. I am sure the plane was quite airworthy, but the interior of these planes looked bad.

P.S. I liked the Disco Delta 727-200s.
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 1:31 am

European (majors) carriers' interior are much cleaner than the US ones.


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Debonair: I agree that Balkan was abit dodgy but It is, as you mentioned, fun for the flying enthusiast. I hardly remember, I was 1, in 1990, but flying on an old Balkan Antonov (w/propellors) SOF-LHR my parents siad it was extremely bumpy, the PA didn;t work, and the seats were extremely uncomforable.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:03 am

My vote would have to go to Ryanair. Flew a 732 with peeling seat covers etc etc. I think any airline that aspires to 25 minute turn arounds is going to be messy inside... not much time to deplane, clean and reboard!
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:24 am

Spirit Airlines.

There were quite a few broken seats, and the seats that were not broken were very uncomfortable.

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:25 am

I'm sorry that I have to disapoint you MartinairYYZ.

But mine was actually on a Martinair flight from AMS to MCO. We were 4 friends traveling together and 2 of my friends seats were spotty and sticky from some kind of fluid that didnt smell very good. And in the front seat pocket we found a bunch of paper that had been used for blowing nose in.
And the toilet actually smelled of urin. But I don't know if the smell was there before or after we took off.
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:50 am

Actually, I just remembered another incident that was not all that pleasant - a Lufthansa B747-400 between Frankfurt and Johannesburg: while the seats and cabin were fine (I'll leave out my usual complaints about not having enough room for my legs), I - unfortunately - had to use the toilet during the night...

There were one or two sports teams on board and I assume they'd had too much to drink, and some must have used the toilet not just standing up, but - being drunk - not being able to "aim" correctly and thus missing the target, aka toilet, by a wide margin.

Is it really too much to ask that people, err... the male half of the population that is... sit down when they use an airplane toilet? I've tried it - and, believe me, it works...  Big grin

Aiming and missing the toilet might be excusable when you clean up yourself (i.e. at home), but in a plane? Yuck!!!
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 3:15 am

UK_despatcher,
I'm not a fan of Northwest Airlines, almost all their flights I've travelled on have been late, with bad service, grumpy FA's, misplaced baggage.........

will never travel with them again.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 4:39 am

Defenetly Northwest Airlines and also i experienced quite dirty cabins of a TWA 727 some years ago.



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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:34 am

I have been quite lucky, I have never been on a truly "Disgusting" aircraft.  Big grin

Last year I flew on two Islandsflug 734s (both operating for Ryanair), both were pretty dirty on the inside!  Laugh out loud

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:04 am

None in recent memory, although I have had particularly bad experiences with airplane bathrooms.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 8:49 am

My only worst experience was flying in a Kenya Airways B707 Nairobi-Bombay, way back in 1988 (I think I was 7 or something, can't remember).

I was flying alone as an unaccompanied minor, and man, that was scary. I clearly remember the aircraft being dirty and it had torn seats!! Yeah, torn seats!! I don't remember the bathrooms, but I am sure they were disgusting also. What made this flight worse was that I had just transferred from a lovely Swissair flight JNB-Nairobi !

That was the first and last time I flew Kenya Airways. Never again!
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:54 am

I don't think I could have ever managed this for nine hours and stayed sane


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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:43 am

The worst interior that I can remember was aboard a TWA 727-231 with taped passenger service units and tray tables, torn seats, broken seat backs, an in-op lav and a "used" vomit bag.

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:01 am

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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:25 am

I'm flying LHR-JFK in a few hours (4:00 am-V:PORT) It better be clean

The most disgusting aircraft I've been on was a Ryanair Flew a 732 with peeling seat covers etc etc.
Same experience with me!  Big thumbs up What a coincidence!
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 4:51 am

Air France A320 - CDG to BCN - 27/12/2002; it look liked a run down public transportation bus! dirty seats..walls...broker overhead bin doors.
Just plain ...horrible.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 5:08 am

Copa Airlines 737-700 from LIM-PTY exactly one year ago today. I found a piece of used chewing gum in the in-flight magazine. I haven't really been on many flights and all of them have had been flown with spotless aircraft. Lucky me!
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 5:54 am

Well, I had a really bad flight flying TWA from Oslo backtracking to Stockholm before getting to the US. This was in the very early 90ths. I can't remember the plane or my destination, but my final was STL.

I do remember it had 3 rows of seats with 2 seats on the outer. My seat was a window seat and as I sat down my butt got really drenched, the seat was soaked. I mentioned this for the FA, she said that once in ARL they would replace my seat and in the meantime I was offered three blankets folded to sit on top of. Once in my seat I noticed that scotch tape was used to try to prevent water from running down from above and into the seat.

Guess what of course the plane was fully booked from Sweden and I never got another seat. I spent my flight getting my head wet and sitting on my blankets.
The only good thing was that thanks to the blankets I could actually see the movie, being 5 foot 3 is otherwise great in a plane!

Living in STL I flew TWA often and never before or later was my experience as bad.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 6:21 am

Mine was in 1991 with Bakan Bulgarian from BOJ-NCL. I must say it was one of the best flights I've been on, but looking at the TU-154 before it took off, you had to think will it ever take-off? The aircraft was in poor condition. When we were taking-off, one of the lighting panels fell from the roof and landed on someones head, while the cabin crew ran down the aircraft while on take-off trying to catch it before it hit someone else. The lights flickered a bit as well which was a bit scary.



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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 7:31 am

No offense to anyone here, absolutely none to anyone who flew for this magnificent airline,.................... but three letters: TWA.

Both the ATR42 MSN-STL and the DC-9 STL-San Antonio were atrocious. None of the planes looked as though they had been cleaned inside or out (I know outside doesn't really matter, but folks, let's take some pride in our birds). The FA's seemed rude, and when they came around with coffee and the meal service (at least there was one), they had old apple cores and other refuse sitting on top of the trays and carts, a very un-appetizing scene. Coming back wasn't much different. This was Oct '97.

But that was probably just a "bad day". I flew on one of the last TW flights in 2001 and they were much improved!
 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:59 pm

I would have to say that the US Airways Shuttle (pre-320s) would have to win. First of all, it wasn't just the airplanes, it was the complete travel experience. At DCA, they had this basement level waiting area in the old terminal. It was dark, small, and had no amenities. Then the aircraft itself was old and dirty, with peeling leather seats, yellow walls, and gross lavs. Then we arrived at LGA, and this was before they did the extensive renovations in the US Airways Shuttle terminal. Overall, it was a very dirty, old, disgusting, etc., travel experience. It's about 100000x better now since they've upgraded their terminal facilities at both airports and upgraded to the 320s (wonderful airplanes).
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:13 pm

Way back in the late seventies I had the misfortune of being bumped of my flight and given alternate arangements to fly THY Turkish Airlines. At the time THY was not all that great to begin with buth this DC-10 had to be seen to be believed. I will never in my life forget one entire wall pannel was missing with insulation material and the outer shell visible inside the cabin. Admittedly the airline kept the seats closest to the area empty, but the rest of the plane was dirty, broken pieces, busted chairs and it really stank. I did however survive vowing never to fly them again.
A bit premature perhaps because I hear they are quite good now.
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:35 pm



Mine would be a NW DC9 from Memphis to Biloxi.
Broken toilets at the rear of the plane left the cabin wreaking.
Even the Flight Attendants seats were broken and taped to the wall.

RyanAir 732 huh? We must have all been on the same plane  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Broken trays and ripped seat covers

 
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RE: Most Disgusting Plane You've Ever Been On?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 10:13 pm

The most disgusting plane I've ever been on was a WN flight from OAK to LAX on the evening of December 31, 2003. I know that WN doesn't have cleaning crews come on the planes after every flight, but it was unexcusably gross. The sidewalls were old and yellowed, the windows were dirty, the tray tables were covered with sticky residue, the lavs were gross, there were crumbs and peanuts all over the seats and floor, and the seatback pocket was filled with half-eaten food and other nasty stuff.

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