TRAVEL: I always wipe my airplane seat down now before sitting down

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It only took me two years to remember to pack wipes to clean my airplane seats. But I now do. I don’t mind the looks and often offer my used wipe to people looking. Gross or helpful? LOL

I try to remember to wipe it all:


Arm rests


Seatbelt buckle

Air vent

The air vent is the hardest to remember and I usually do when I have to touch it. Ugh.

This started it:

I was getting ready to fly  Chicago –  New York City when the woman about to sit next to me got out wipes and proceeded to completely wipe down her seat.

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Everything. The back. The tray area in front of her, too.

I looked at her and she said: “Sorry. Getting sick is the last thing I need right now.”

“No need to be sorry. I think it’s a great idea. I might even start doing it.”

“I can do the arm wrest, too.”

“Great. Go for it.” I lifted my arm to allow access. I guess this is the airplane version of lifting your legs when somebody else is vaccuuming  the living room.

She explained that she’s very aware of cleanliness kind of things like that. Me, too. I can’t stand when people touch my food without gloves, for example. But wiping down my seat before sitting down had never crossed my mind. On trips, I might start carrying wipes – if I have room, which can be an issue.

On an one-week Europe trip with three speaking stops I traveled with just carry-on.  As you might imagine I have little room in my luggage and usually make tough choices when packing. (Personal tidbit: I usually do find room for pajamas.)

The key takeaway for me here? This was a great reminder that great ideas can hit us anywhere and at anytime. Here’s to keeping our eyes open, observing other people’s stories and using some of their techniques to make ours even better – or at least cleaner.

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This was first written in 2016 and updated in 2018

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