If you sit in first class on a Delta or Northwest flight, you will be given a hot towel shortly before a meal is served. I was always told that hot towels were to cleanse the hands prior to eating. Other people I have sat next to on various flights have had different ideas on what the towels were meant for.
- Polishing shoes
- Draped over the face as one would do prior to a barber’s shave
- Rubbing the breasts
- Folded up and tucked into the purse. Still wet.
- Cleaning ears
- Wiping down the armrests and seatback (probably not a bad idea, actually)
- Blowing nose into
- What have you seen people do with hot towels?