AN EX-FLIGHT attendant has revealed why you should never take your shoes off on a flight – and that flip flops are a big no-no.
Tony Kuna, who used to work as as a member of the cabin crew, explained that it could cause problems if there is an emergency during a flight.
He wrote on Quora: “Besides stinking up the whole cabin, footwear is essential during an plane emergency, even though it is not part of the flight safety information.
“During an emergency, all sorts of debris and unpleasant ground surfaces will block your way towards the exit, as well as outside the aircraft.”
He continued: “If your feet [aren’t] properly covered, you’ll have a hard time making your way to safety.”
“Imagine destroying your bare feet as your run down the aisle covered with broken glass, fires and metal shards.
“Kind of like John McClane in Die Hard, but worse.”
Christine Negroni, who released a book on the world’s most mysterious air disasters, also agreed.
She previously said: “One of the best things people can do is put their shoes on for take-off and landing. This is still not required by many airlines and I think it ought to be.
“If you escape an aircraft, the floor could be very hot or cold, it might be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield – you won’t want to be barefoot.”
She added that passengers should skip the sandals and flip flops for this reason, and opt for trainers or harder shoes on a flight.
Not only are bare feet a danger in an emergency, but it is also unhygienic – flight attendant Amanda Pleva, who has an aviation column on Flyer Talk, said few things are more off-putting than a passenger who heads to the loo without any shoes on.
She said: “When you get up to use the lavatory, wear shoes.
“A passenger I had begun talking to outside of work ended up on a flight with me again after we had stopped talking – he went into the lavatory with only socks on and left wet footprints through my galley afterwards.
“My co-worker was horrified, as was I, and I declined his offer to take me out. You wouldn’t do this at a bar, would you? The lavatory floors are no different!”
Earlier this year, a passenger was praised for his response to a fellow traveller putting his bare feet on his seat.
After videoing the bare toes on his arm rest, he poured water onto the stranger’s foot, which quickly pulled it away.
Flight attendants have also explained why you should never wear shorts on a plane – and why leggings are a no-no too.