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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Nov 20, 2014.
Another Ugly Truth About Hotels Exposed: The Remote Control is Filthy
and the cleaning crews do not disinfect the plane after each flight.
At least the housekeepers could do it with a remote control when they make up the room.
So the advice is don't use remote controls on a plane
What they don't tell you in that picture is that the little bag they put the remote into was previously used to clean the underside of the toilet rim.
For the germaphobes out there, bring a plastic bag. Pick up the remote through the bag, turn the bag inside-out, fold the bag closed and operate the remote through the bag so it's never touched. I'd suggest using the 3-1-1 quart sized bags but we all know how filthy the TSA trays must be. Hey, another advantage: if the remote accidentally falls into the toilet -- no worries! It's in a waterproof bag!
Then use another bag for the bathroom doorknob, another for climate controls, another for ....
I just carry a box of disposable blue latex gloves. Also useful on the plane with those nasty germ-covered tray tables.
Another report we saw on TV yesterday said that another very overlooked and extremely germified item in a hotel room are the room's telephones which may have been handled by someone after a bathroom visit, and are not often cleaned by the hotel's cleaning staff. Most people use their own cellphones anyway, but do you then have to make a costly international call on your cellphone while staying at an overseas hotel, just to call down to the front desk or order room service? Local SIM card helps I guess.
Flame-throwers also work well as germ-killers. Use liberally.
I've read about this before, I just wish this could be standard in all hotels around the world. This would make for one worry less. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers.
I cannot be surprised. The remote is. Eeww
this is actually quite old news.... but apparently new to some.
It's always a good idea to be mindful of these things, but with a normal immune system and perhaps some extra hand washing (like before you eat something with your hands or rub your eyes, etc.) it isn't a much of a threat to most people.
I use them as well. Usually for the effect after seeing some germaphobe slather on antibacterial cleaner.I just slide on a cheap surgical mask and a pair of nice bright blue nitrile gloves and sit back.
As someone who has abused my immune system all my life (street vendors in SA and Asia and living on the economy in Thailand, The PI, and Central America) I tend to ignore nervous nellies and enjoy the experience and the mystery meat on a stick!
Actually, "strengthened" would be a better word than "abused".
When I travel a put a few disinfectant wipes in a sealed plastic bags to wipe down my airline seat area, interior of rental car, and hotel remote(s).
Most people do not even wash their hands after using the bathroom.
It is far safer keeping housekeeping out of your room, for you and the items stored in there.,
I remember when this was news, oh, a decade ago. For a brief period, hotels apparently started doing some cleaning of the remotes, then putting them in sanitary cardboard shields. (Mainly, as I recall, this was the hotels that ocassional travelers patronize - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express.) Modern version picture here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Location...onvention_Centre-Courtenay_Comox_Valley_.html Then the crisis became comforters or something, and we all moved on. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fR4gBqO-QrU/UhVp2agywEI/AAAAAAAABJM/_cX168rv69A/s1600/IMG_3670.JPG