The Washington Times - January 29, 2009, 04:37PM

Airlines used to clean their planes thoroughly every six months or so, but now they clean them every two weeks to attract more customers in the economic downturn, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Thoroughly cleaning planes isn’t an easy feat because of turnaround times and chemicals that cleaners must use without damaging the aircraft.


So when the airlines were making money hand-over-fist, they wouldn’t clean the planes very often.  But now that they’re losing money, they clean the planes every two weeks.  And portray it as a boon for passengers.  I wonder if any restaurants operate like this.

You know, this is really making me rethink my frequent flyer miles.  I think I might need a tetanus shot now.

Some airlines have found it is easier to clean the planes in flight: Opening the door at 30,000 feet usually sweeps most of the trash right out.

A long time ago airlines used to assign seats as “smoking” or “nonsmoking.”  Now they might assign seats as “clean,” “less clean” and “discount.”