Germophobe? Airline insiders tell you which flight to book

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If you are phobic about germs, you might want to add airplanes to your list of things to avoid.

According to the UK newspaper, The Sun, deadly bacteria, including MRSA and E. coli can survive for days on an aircraft.

If you must travel by plane, take the earliest flight possible in the hopes of avoiding germs. Industry insiders have revealed that deep cleaning of planes only happens overnight, and some airlines reuse their blankets without laundering them.

Sara Keagle, a flight attendant and founder of aviation blog TheFlyingPinto.com, noted that in the Economy Class cabins of the flights she works, clean blankets are only given to passengers aboard the first flight of the day. Following the initial flight, blankets are folded and reused.

A former airline attendant with the username Melhow44 supported Keagle’s claims on Reddit, saying: “Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city.”

Passengers will also find that the plane is generally cleaner first thing in the morning.

Flight attendants or maintenance crews customarily perform cursory cleaning between each flight, but they are often rushed and only collect trash and vacuum.

Deep cleaning happens overnight when a team disinfects seats and tray tables and thoroughly scrubs the bathrooms.

Passengers on the first flight of the day might be bleary-eyed from an early wake-up call, but they encounter fewer germs than travelers who board later in the day.

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