Flight attendants know pretty much everything about the cabin of a plane – from the worst clothes to wear to why you shouldn’t drink the water. But, as they journey from city to city they also know a lot about hotel rooms.
Previously, cabin crew said they always check under the bed and have a routine when entering the room for security reasons. However, one flight attendant claimed she'd never drink from a hotel kettle for a very different reason.
She said she always worries when heating up water in the kettle as she’s heard rumours that people use them to rinse their underwear. Posting on Quora, she said the source of such information was older cabin crew.
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The flight attendant wrote: "I ponder the eternal question: to brew or not to brew the hotel room coffee.
"This is something most flight attendants have strong feelings about, and many senior mamas like to tell horror stories about in-room coffee pots being used to rinse pantyhose, among other things. (This may be an urban legend; I can’t imagine anyone actually DOING it).”
Another person then asked whether this really was the case. They asked: "Do flight attendants still steam their underwear in hotel room coffee pots to clean them or is this just a myth?"
Most crew members denied this ever happens.
One person even said: "So, you think flight attendants only bring one pair of underwear on their trips and wash them every night? That's pretty hilarious in of itself. If for any reason they do want to wash an article of clothing, they would lather it in the sink, not the coffeemaker.
"Myth, naturally, and one that I've never heard until reading your question."
Another added: "I’m sure that at least one freak has done it at some point in time, but no, that’s not a normal practice."
It turns out they’re not wrong…
Over on Facebook, one woman revealed she’d forgotten to pack extra underwear on holiday. Sharing a snap of her lacy pants in the kettle, she wrote: "Staying in a hotel, that time of the month comes out of the blue. Forgot to pack knickers so came up with a good way to quickly wash them. The hotel kettle! Quick, fast and hygienic."
Horrifying. However, it’s not the only massively disgusting thing to have been done in a hotel kettle. A bloke previously explained he put raw chicken in a hotel coffee machine to make dinner.
Alexander C posted on LinkedIn explaining: "I’m travelling for work and instead of eating a fancy dinner out, I’ve decided to cook a cheaper meal in the hotel room. Even though the hotel room didn’t have a kitchen, I managed to use the coffee machine to cook chicken with butter and garlic.
"Although my company allows me to expense dinner while travelling, I wanted to save money because I know that every dollar counts. It’s the little things that get you promoted."
Plus, another man explained he’d made a meal in a piece of hotel kitchen kit after getting home from a music festival. He left Brits flabbergasted after sharing the vile meal he made in a hotel coffee maker.
He titled the image, "Hotel Coffee Maker Poached Beef Strips After Music Festival". In the image, half cooked strips of beef floated in the water inside the coffee maker’s drawer.
The bloke explained his actions on social media and said: "I was on my way home from a festival. Wanted to splurge on a nice meal but I decided to get groceries instead. Went to Walmart and got some thin top round, sliced against the grain and poached it."
All in all, what we’ve discovered is that it might be best to grab a coffee from a shop or buy a refrigerated option instead. It might be a safer, more hygienic option.
You could also take a mini kettle in your luggage with you. A foldable travel kettle costs just £7.69 on Amazon.
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