Flight attendant warns passengers to avoid touching plane seat pockets

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Barbie lifts the lid on life onboard a plane (Image: Jam Press/@barbiebac.ok)
Barbie lifts the lid on life onboard a plane (Image: Jam Press/@barbiebac.ok)

A flight attendant has revealed the three dirtiest parts of a plane which she tries to avoid.

Barbie, 29, from Argentina, works for La Azafata and regularly goes viral for sharing travel tips and secrets on TikTok with her three million followers.

Currently based in Turin, Italy, her jet-setting career has seen her go all over the world.

"Sometimes, flight attendants and pilots don’t tell all the truth to the passengers," Barbie explained.

"They do this so they try not to scare them and to prevent a potentially dangerous situation during the flight. When you’re in the sky you’ve no way out, so you need to minimise risks.

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Flight attendant warns passengers to avoid touching plane seat pocketsBarbie has millions of followers on Tiktok (Jam Press/@barbiebac.ok)
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"Flight attendants love turbulence, because we can rest a little bit as we should stay seated and we cannot get up to provide the food service for example.

"We’re used to the turbulence so we are not frightened about it."

One way passengers can minimise risk to their own health is by avoiding some of the more mucky parts of planes, or at least washing their hands thoroughly following visits.

Barbie continued: "If I had choose the top three dirtiest places in the plane, I will put in first place the toilet floor.

"A lot of people go in there without shoes, I can’t believe it.

"In second place are the seat pockets, I’ve seen passengers putting disgusting things in there and the cleanliness of this place is never great.

"And in third place is the bins. When the cleaning team enters the aeroplanes, they never clean the bins, so imagine what you can find in there."

Flight attendant warns passengers to avoid touching plane seat pocketsThe flight attendant is shocked people go to the toilet with no shoes on (Jam Press/@barbiebac.ok)
Flight attendant warns passengers to avoid touching plane seat pocketsShe noted how dirty the seat pockets can be (Jam Press/@barbiebac.ok)

Barbie also opened up about some of the scariest moments she has experienced on a plane.

"In the middle of the night, a grown-up girl called the crew and told us that her mother was biting her," she said.

"So we immediately went to see what was going on.

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"They were yelling at each other and the girl wanted us to call her dad, but we were in the middle of the ocean and of course we could not contact her father at all.

"She really wanted that and started looking nervous.

"Her mother told us that she wasn’t in her right mind and finally the girl fell asleep on the floor, the scene was taken straight out of a movie.

"I remember one time that the luggage wasn’t loaded in the plane and the passengers noticed it when they got off the plane.

"Everything was good until they saw us in the middle of the airport.

"They thought we were responsible for not telling them about this inconvenience, but actually we found out at the same time."

Emmie Norton

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