Have you ever wondered how often airplanes are cleaned? Well, the answer is, not very often at all. According to Natalia Kapsalis, a former flight attendant, once passengers exit the plane, the cleaners will typically wipe down bathrooms (empty the garbage and restock toilet tissues and towels), check the seat pockets for garbage and do a quick vacuum or mop on the plane aisles.
Between one flight destination to the next, that leaves little room for planes to get the real deep cleaning it needs. Afterall, would you want to wait half an hour to an hour to board your flight? However, the cleaning routine differs from airline to airline and depends highly on flight turnaround time. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from germs aboard any airline is to know where the germiest places tend to be, wipe it down yourself and never, ever, touch your face on the plane.