Eddie Sez:

Cabin cleaning as a safety issue? Yes. I've had a few flights where passengers were overcome by the fumes caused by cleaning solvents used by the ground crew the morning of, and once the night before a flight. What seemed innocent to the noses of those in the cabin at sea level pressure became so strong once pressurized, it caused difficulty breathing and noticeable blotches on the skin. We no longer allow any cleaning solvents on the aircraft.

What follows are quotes from the relevant regulatory documents, listed below, as well as my comments in blue. Yes, most of this stuff comes from Gulfstream. But it is applicable to all aircraft types.

Aircraft Cabin

[The Gulfstream Journal, June 27, 2014]

Avionics Displays

[Gulfstream Aircraft Outfitting Cleaning Manual, ¶1.]


[Gulfstream Aircraft Outfitting Cleaning Manual, ¶2.]


[Gulfstream Aircraft Outfitting Cleaning Manual, ¶4.]


14 CFR 25, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Airplanes, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation

Gulfstream Aircraft Outfitting Cleaning Manual, Basic Issue, September 30, 2013

"Use of Cleaning Chemicals in the Aircraft Cabin," The Gulfstream Journal, June 27, 2014