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brownoarsman Feb 20, 18 9:54 am

PSA: Check those blankets before you use them

Discovered on my amtrak blanket
Currently riding the Silver Star from MIA to PHL. It was a bit cold in my roomette last night despite adjusting the thermostat, so when I woke up around midnight, I grabbed my second (still in plastic packaging) wrapped blanket, tore it open, and spread it out. After asking the attendant to re-prep the cabin, I hauled it off the bed this morning to save as a leg warmer, and discovered it was covered in dried brown ... something-or-other (pic attached). I really hope this isn't what it may look like.

I rushed to the shower and soaped up, but pretty disgusted none-the-less. The weird thing was, I had just watched this segment with Nicole Byer where she found feces in her Delta blanket on a flight before my vacation. I remember thinking, "wow, that's so weird, and must be super rare!" It's possible that that video segment is like "The Ring," and if you watch it you are cursed. If so, apologies in advance. But, PSA: check any bedding in full light before using it.

DHSGemini Feb 20, 18 10:06 am

Oh, disgusting! Did you show the roomette attendant? If so, what was the response?

brownoarsman Feb 20, 18 10:25 am

Originally Posted by DHSGemini (Post 29438420)
Oh, disgusting! Did you show the roomette attendant? If so, what was the response?

I realise now I should have, just so the attendant could be prepared for it and exercise appropriate caution if needed. However, I had already asked for the cabin to be changed, and when I found this, I was so intent on getting to the shower, it fled my mind when I passed him. When I got back, the change-over had already been completed. I FB-messaged Amtrak for details on their blanket cleaning procedures, with the same pic attached. I'll let you know those details as this is pretty concerning.

brownoarsman Feb 21, 18 7:55 am

I mentioned it to the attendant when we were at a rest-stop, and he apologized for it. However, he said he didn't know what Amtrak's blanket-cleaning procedures were, and assumed (as I do) that it was outsourced to a third-party. Crickets from Amtrak social media and email inquiries so far.

DHSGemini Feb 21, 18 9:01 am

Please post if you do hear anything back. There is no excuse for exposing you to something that could be a bio hazard. Glad you shared the photo.

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