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Old 05-23-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Plastic cutlery on some Air New Zealand flights is re-used up to 10 times before being thrown away.

And Qantas makes it last even longer - one of its suppliers reportedly says plastic knives, forks and spoons are being used as many as 30 times.

Are you concerned airline plastic cutlery is re-used? - National - NZ Herald News
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: PDX
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I do find that quite disturbing. I doubt you can properly sanitize them like you can with metal cutlery.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:17 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I do find that quite disturbing. I doubt you can properly sanitize them like you can with metal cutlery.
Define *properly* , please.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I don't know about airlines in other nations, but I can tell you FOR SURE that it does not happen at MY airline (one of the big 6 legacy carriers in the USA).

Just the idea of re-using plastics makes my skin crawl!
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Can the stuff be properly sanitized? If so, think of all the waste that isn't going into a landfill some where.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I have never, and will never, consume a meal on a plane while sitting in coach. It's disgusting and not something I would consume off the plane, why would I eat it while on the plane? I think the probability of food poisoning is much higher than getting some disease from re-used plastic! I always bring my own food if the flight is over 4 hours.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I never thought about it before but I've just realized I don't normally eat plane food which requires cutlery anyway. I eat at the airport before the flight and bring my own snacks on with me. I find on long flights, they usually have 2 meals - a hot one and one which is just a small sandwich. I'm fine with the sandwich and my own snacks as long as I ate before the flight. The hot food is gross and I won't eat it.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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I don't feel overly concerned as domestic travel doesn't really offer food that one needs plastic flatware and when traveling overseas I order special food that they have to supply new plastic flatware.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:45 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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What about the containers some of the food is served in ?
Are those containers not also made form the same or similar material ?
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Well, apparently this didn't occur to me 3 years ago but all the flights I've ever been on definitely throw cutlery and all containers away in the trash. When they come around collecting trash, it all goes into a big trash bag, with the leftover food, dirty napkins, etc - are people really suggesting that airline staff goes digging through the TRASH to pull out the cutlery and/or containers and reuse them? Yeah, right.
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