Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Grimy Skies

Notice that your favorite airline has begun to look—and smell—like a Greyhound bus? That’s because airlines have been cutting back on the frequency with which they “deep clean” their planes. While the industry standard had been one deep-cleaning (similar to having a car professionally detailed) every 30 days, Delta had let its schedule lapse to one cleaning every 15 to 18 months. The New York Times says “That is akin to cutting your daily shower back to once every couple of weeks.” Delta recently brought its cleaning schedule back up to industry standards, but not all airlines have followed suit.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

Thanks for posting this. I missed the story. I think Northwest must be one of the most guilty culprits on this score. My flight last year from SFO to Detroit was disgusting.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Well Northwest can only do but so much with 30+ year-old planes.

8:30 AM  

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