Why You Should Never Take Your Shoes Off On an Airplane
What should be worn during takeoff?Tony Luna:
If you are a frequent flyer, you may often notice that some passengers like to kick off their shoes the moment they've settled down into their seats.
— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) July 20, 2017
As an ex-flight attendant, I'm here to tell you that it is a dangerous thing to do. Why?
Besides stinking up the whole cabin, footwear is essential during an airplane 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 toward the exit, as well as outside the aircraft. If your feet aren't properly covered, you'll have a hard time making your way to safety.
Imagine destroying your bare feet as you run down the aisle covered with broken glass, fires, and metal shards. Kind of like John McClane in Die Hard, but worse. Ouch!
A mere couple of seconds delay during an emergency evacuation can be a matter of life and death, especially in an enclosed environment. Not to mention the entire aircraft will likely be engulfed in panic and chaos.
So, the next time you go on a plane trip, please keep your shoes on during takeoff, even if it is uncomfortable.
You can slip on a pair of bathroom slippers if you really need to let your toes breathe. They're pretty useless in a real emergency evacuation, but at least they're better than going barefoot.
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