80% of China airline's blankets not washed

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    Airline passengers might have second thoughts before covering up with a blanket during their next flight.

    An investigation by the Beijing Times has revealed that about 80 per cent of non-disposable blankets that are used on one of China's biggest airlines are reused without any disinfection measures.

    A source at Yingtailong Airline Commodity disclosed that most of the blankets they get from airplanes are not washed before being reused.

    Reporters from the newspaper found that in a 400 square-metre factory, only three washing machines were functioning with around 30 workers.

    More here http://relax.com.sg/relax/news/690212/80_airline_blankets_are_not_washed.html

    The name of airline although not mentioned in the article is China Southern Airlines. Sounds disgusting to me:eek:
     
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    Uh oh, bad link.

    Fixed by Chimpy!
     
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    Thanks Chimpy for posting....enjoyed reading about this in FL :)
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, fixed now.:)
     
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    "Reporters from the newspaper found that in a 400 square-metre factory, only three washing machines were functioning with around 30 workers.

    Every day the company gets about 3,000 blankets from airline companies with only 500 to 600 actually get washed. Workers check the blankets and only those found to have visible stains are washed despite the airline company having a contract to clean all. ..."

    Eeek. The Golden Airline Blanket Rule is either 1) Don't put it anywhere near your face, or 2) Don't use it!
     
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    Good work with the content Chimpy
     
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    I've been suspicious that the plastic wrapping for blankets means nothing and this proves it. Now I'm trying to remember whether I ever used a blanket when I flew CZ. One suspects the odds aren't better with other mainland Chinese airlines.
     
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