A flight attendant has revealed how a common bug could make you sick on the plane.
Using an airplane toilet is never the best experience, but there are mistakes that passengers make on a regular basis that end up making everything worse, Sun reports.
One thing passengers often do on a long flight is use the bathroom to brush their teeth.
However, this could make you sick as the water is not meant to be drunk.
Speaking to Sanctuary Bathrooms, UK bathroom specialists, the cabin crew member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Don’t brush your teeth in a plane bathroom.
“The water on an airplane all comes from the same water tank and doesn’t leak.”
They added that if you need to clean your teeth, opt for bottled water.
“My main advice would be, don’t take your toothbrush or wash bag anywhere near the plane’s bathroom,” the flight attendant said, given that “the bathroom toilet is one of the dirtiest places on the plane.”
The anonymous crew member revealed five other ways to avoid getting sick when using the bathroom.
1. Wear a mask in the bathroom
The airplane bathroom is essentially a closet, with no clean air as there is no window and poor air ventilation.
This means that every time you go to the bathroom, you are not only breathing in the air of many others who have ‘relieved themselves’ before you, but wear a mask.
2. Do not touch any surface, including the toilet seat.
It sounds dramatic, but the flight attendant recommends avoiding direct contact with as many surfaces as possible in the cubicle.
You must use your foot or disposable gloves to touch the handle, as well as use wipes to clean each surface.
The flight attendant also recommends doing your best to hover over the seat and avoid sitting down and touching it.
3. Don’t take off your shoes, ever!
Sometimes people take off their shoes to walk on the plane, but they don’t go into the bathroom with their feet in socks and even bare feet.
Due to the high probability of imbalance and people missing the toilet bowl, there could be urine on the floor.
4. Bring hand sanitizer
Most flight attendants have always carried pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer on flights.
This should be used before and after visiting the bathroom, as well as washing hands with soap.
5. Shower immediately after your flight
Due to poor air circulation on an airplane, especially in the bathroom, as well as the number of surfaces that can harbor a large number of germs, you could leave your flight with dirty hands, hair, and clothing.
As soon as you arrive at your destination, put your clothes in the wash and give them a good scrub.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.