Although you may think that wearing flip flops or Crocs on a plane is much more comfortable than sneakers or heels, you should reconsider.
A flight attendant has revealed why you should store these types of shoes safely — and no, it’s not because of stinky feet.
Andrea Fischbach, who works as a flight attendant for American Airlines, explained why shoes like these, backless sandals and high heels should be avoided at all times.
Speaking to whattowear.co.uk, the flight attendant said these shoes posed dangers on a flight, particularly if passengers had to evacuate the plane quickly.
And while the hostesses themselves wear high heels, Ms Fischbach revealed that they are impractical, and most of the time they take them off.
American Airlines flight attendant Andrea Fischbach explained why sliders, Crocs, backless sandals and high heels should be avoided at all times on flights (file image)
When going to the bathroom mid-flight, Ms Fischbach advised swapping your slippers, sandals or flip flops for something closed (file image)
Although many people might rightly point out that flight attendants wear high heels during the flight, Ms Fischbach explained that they are not actually practical
Fischbach said, “The stubs can potentially further damage escape routes or injure other people if they somehow fly off.”
“I would really advise against high heels, flip flops or flip flops, mainly for safety reasons.
“If there is an evacuation and slides are needed, your high heels will need to come off, as they can puncture the slide.
“Who knows where and under what conditions you will land. Also, they are not very convenient for running from door to door.
While many people may rightly point out that flight attendants wear high heels during the flight – for example when serving passengers or answering calls – Ms Fischbach explained that they are not exactly practical.
What to never wear on a plane
American Airlines flight attendant Andrea Fischbach has listed some items you should never wear 35,000 feet in the sky – for safety and convenience.
- Anything that is binding
- Flammable materials
- High heels or backless sandals
- Shoes, jewelry or metal accessories
- Not enough diapers
She claims they change heels after takeoff.
She added: ‘As if any other reason was needed, they trigger the metal detectors (if you’re lucky enough to have a pre-check) through nails in the heels.
“Flip-flops and backless shoes can also end up flying off your feet, and your feet are more likely to freeze up, especially during a long flight.”
Additionally, she added that open-toed shoes can make visiting the plane’s lavatory unsanitary.
When going to the bathroom mid-flight, Ms Fischbach advised swapping your slippers, sandals or flip-flops for something closed.
She warned: ‘Beware of wearing sandals if you plan to go to the toilet.
“It’s not water on the floor (yes, use your imagination), and the sandals invite all that liquid to splash up your feet.”
The stewardess also listed other items that you should not wear in flight for comfort, practicality and safety reasons.
This includes only wearing a sports bra and leggings, as airplanes can be cold and a fire hazard, as well as anything restrictive.
Wearing restrictive clothing can cause discomfort, stomach bloating, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, usually in the legs.
Instead, you should layer up to ensure you have a comfortable flight, advising you to pack a light jacket or cashmere hoodie.
She also advises packing your own pair of thick socks for extra warmth.
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