A former flight attendant has explained why you should never wear sandals or thongs on a flight.
Passengers often opt for sandals on planes, as they are much more comfortable than sneakers when feet swell.
But a former cabin crew worker explained that the choice could cause problems if there is an emergency during a flight. Sun reports.
“During an emergency, all kinds of debris and unsightly ground surfaces will block your way to the exit, as well as out of the plane,” Tony Kuna wrote on Quora.
“If your feet (aren’t) properly covered, you’re going to have a hard time getting to safety.”
Mr. Kuna also said that this is the reason why you should never go barefoot.
“Imagine destroying your bare feet as you run down the hallway littered with broken glass, fire and metal shards,” he added.
“Kind of like John McClane in die hardbut worse.”
Travel writer Christine Negroni, who published a book on the world’s most mysterious air disasters, also agreed, saying skip sandals and straps for this reason and opt for sneakers or harder shoes on a flight.
Negroni previously said, “One of the best things people can do is put on their shoes to take off and land. This is not yet required by many airlines and I think it should be.
“If you escape from a plane, the floor could be very hot or cold, it could be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield; You don’t want to be barefoot.”
Bare feet are not only a hazard in an emergency, they’re also unhygienic, said Flyer Talk columnist and flight attendant Amanda Pleva. And few things are more off-putting than a passenger heading to the bathroom with no shoes on, she added.
“When you get up to use the bathroom, wear shoes. A passenger I had started talking to outside of work ended up on a flight with me again after we stopped talking – he walked into the bathroom wearing only socks and left wet footprints in my kitchen afterwards,” Pleva wrote.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.