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Dirty Delta jets from MSP? More grime on the way (for now).

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The above shot is from a Delta connection jet in “first class” that is 1A. I really like that seat as there is no one to recline into me and break my laptop plus I have a good amount leg room and often great service. Lastly no one next to me in this single seat.

The downside of this seat I picked on my last trip was that it was really dirty. Dirty Delta jets is nothing new. Other than $kyRubles one of my only real complaints about Delta is that the jets are often times just nasty and this applies to regional as well as mainline jets.

As you can see from my photo above the left side of the seat was a “treasure trove of yuck”. From left over food bits to other icky bits and even a sticker from a salt shaker had been “stuck” to the armrest (thanks, fellow passenger for that and cleaning crews for not removing it).

Anyway, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a few days back, several cleaning crew workers were fired for protesting low wages. And according to a Flyer Talker, yesterday the rest walked off the job in protest.

So, if you happen to see Delta jets even MORE dirty than normal out of MSP this could be why. Also, I am reasonably sure, Delta will expect the FAs to pick up the slack and do some of the cleaning and really push the “trash” collection harder into MSP to make sure the jets are a little cleaner in / out of MSP until the next airport can have a shot at a more thorough cleaning.

As to the issue itself, that is low wages, we are talking about a contract 3rd party “Air Serv” that cleans Delta jets in MSP, not Delta people. As we know Delta does outsource as much as they can for max profits. If you see DGS, that is Delta Global Staffing, they are not Delta despite the Delta name (but owned by Delta Air Lines).

I would love reader feedback if you are flying out of MSP the next few days how things look aboard the planes! – René

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

4 Comments

  1. FNT Delta Diamond Reply

    In general, it seems like the regional jets and even MD-88s are dirtier because they fly so much and often there is little to no turnaround time between flights. When a plane arrives in Flint or Saginaw, there’s just not a lot of time to clean and re-cater it. Also, I notice the big, widebody planes for international flights are generally dirty on their return to the U.S. than the departure. For example, I flew AMS-BOS last week in business-elite/Delta-one and the plane was dirty and lacked soap and lotion in the lavatories. It also departed AMS without some of the right catering, too.

  2. Timetraveler Reply

    It has become common place that when an aircraft has a turnaround time of about 90 minutes or less no cleaning of restrooms will occur. This makes for the next flight to go with “sticky” floors . I found the crews to try to do their best to clear trash from the seats etc,. but the job of the restrooms should be done by a ground crew . It does not take much time and it should not cost much $ . I had this situation happen with Delta and Jet Blue .

  3. There’s a sure and certain way to get Delta’s attention: stop flying them and let them know about it.

  4. Flew Delta ATL to MSY r/t this weekend. The plane going to MSY was a refurbished 737 with new seats, new carpet and mood lighting. It was pretty clean. The plane RETURNING from MSY was an MD 90 and it was as old as it was dirty. When I touched the arm rest, my hand came up sticky. Thank god for hand sanitizer…

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