Nasty Hot Towels ....

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Old May 27, 09, 11:51 am
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Nasty Hot Towels ....

been noticing lately that the hot towels given on BA are stained and dirty! What is the policy of BA on these? I mean really dirty ....I would at best clean my shoes (not a hint) with them, not my hands and face.
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Old May 27, 09, 12:19 pm
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I was about to say how can they be, as they are not reused but I can guess what is happening. The crew are filling up an empty teapot and this is giving the water and the towels a slight brown colour.
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Old May 27, 09, 12:24 pm
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Mea Culpa

I always use them to clean the seat, the table and the video screen........& finally my shoes.

This thread will no doubt give the bean counters the excuse to enhance the service by justifying an improvement by offering those pre packed towelette things.
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Old May 27, 09, 12:49 pm
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Mea Culpa

I always use them to clean the seat, the table and the video screen........& finally my shoes.

This thread will no doubt give the bean counters the excuse to enhance the service by justifying an improvement by offering those pre packed towelette things.
I am glad you admit, because I do the same.
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Old May 27, 09, 1:56 pm
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Mea Culpa

I always use them to clean the seat, the table and the video screen........& finally my shoes.
I don't use them on my shoes, and neither do I use it on my face (I don't want to be seen without my makeup!) but I do use them to clean the seat, the armrest and the surroundings too.

But I thought those towels are thrown away anyway?

I haven't come across any dirty ones, by the way.
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
I was about to say how can they be, as they are not reused but I can guess what is happening. The crew are filling up an empty teapot and this is giving the water and the towels a slight brown colour.
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Really funny, have watched CC doing this on most flights (I can see from 1A), so my towel is boiling, (havn´t noticed it being another colour!). Sitting further back the boiling water has time to cool down
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Old May 27, 09, 2:16 pm
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I don't use them on my shoes, and neither do I use it on my face (I don't want to be seen without my makeup!) but I do use them to clean the seat, the armrest and the surroundings too.
I've seen people do this. But why? I can't see a lukewarm cloth helping clean anything.
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Old May 27, 09, 2:26 pm
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Stephen K Amos

On a related note, did anyone see Stephen K Amos's routine about hot towels in Business Class?

From about 0.40 secs in - youtube clip - fairly safe for work with mild swearing
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
I was about to say how can they be, as they are not reused but I can guess what is happening. The crew are filling up an empty teapot and this is giving the water and the towels a slight brown colour.
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From my seat in 1C or 1D, I usually see that the crew use a cardboard cup of the sort they make tea for the jetty security type in, and fill directly from the hot water boiler. This is then sprinkled across a freshly opened tray of towels.

Also I usually see the used towels being emptied into the waste chute in the loo - not down the loo!.
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Old May 27, 09, 3:28 pm
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I've seen people do this. But why? I can't see a lukewarm cloth helping clean anything.
It does help to wipe down coffee spill stains etc. Unfortunately I find coffee etc stains quite often on table, armrest, seat etc.

I'm not germophobic so I'm not trying to kill germs.

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I've seen people do this. But why? I can't see a lukewarm cloth helping clean anything.
I've also done this before but got caught in the act by the purser. She insisted if was going to start with the windows at my seat, I better finish the job and wash all the others too.
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It does help to wipe down coffee spill stains etc. Unfortunately I find coffee etc stains quite often on table, armrest, seat etc.

I'm not germophobic so I'm not trying to kill germs.
You've clearly got higher standards than me. Too many years as a scummy backpacker.
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You've clearly got higher standards than me. Too many years as a scummy backpacker.
Not really higher standards. I'm just being a fussy b**ch, that's all.

Or maybe I'm just trying to avoid stains to avoid dry cleaning bills.
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I've also done this before but got caught in the act by the purser. She insisted if was going to start with the windows at my seat, I better finish the job and wash all the others too.
Newspaper is better for getting windows clean
Have cleaned "my" window a couple of times when there have been grease / hair gel marks on it. I'm unlikely to lean in that close, but bleuch!
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Old May 27, 09, 4:40 pm
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Have cleaned "my" window a couple of times when there have been grease / hair gel marks on it. I'm unlikely to lean in that close, but bleuch!
LOL, that is rather 'yuck!', too, especially when you think that it might actually be hair oil (as in oil from the scalp). The London tube with the solid panel at the end of the seat has the effect of repelling me from it because of it.
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