Pilot reveals why you should never take off your shoes on a flight

AN AIRLINE pilot revealed why you should never take off your shoes during a flight.

Going barefoot while flying could leave passengers vulnerable to bacterial infections.

Walking barefoot on a flight can leave passengers vulnerable to infection

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Walking barefoot on a flight can leave passengers vulnerable to infectionPhoto credit: Getty

Pilot Patrick Smith said Travel + Leisure: “Cabins are cleaned before each flight, but that will be rather perfunctory on a quick turn when there’s only 15 or 20 minutes to do it.”

The frequency with which an aircraft receives a full deep cleaning service varies by airline, but generally it’s about every four to six weeks.

Outside of these times, commonly touched surfaces like backrests, storage pockets, or chair arms will be cleaned, but the floor — and any spills — may not be fully rid of bacteria until a thorough cleaning is done.

“Those who choose to go barefoot may be picking up bacteria and viruses that could negatively impact their health,” says David Krause, owner of SyQuest USAwhich makes cleaning products for airlines, the publication said.

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He added, “Likewise, the worry of catching a yeast infection is always there.”

David went on to explain that the pandemic has led to many improvements in onboard hygiene.

He told T+L: “More disinfectants are now being used on the floors and the cleaning process is a bit more detailed to ensure there are no traces of the virus left that could potentially infect crew or passengers.”

Taking off your shoes isn’t just dirty – it’s also dangerous in an emergency.

Ex-flight attendant Tony Kuna said on Quora: “Aside from the fact that the whole cabin stinks, shoes are essential during an aircraft emergency, even if they’re not part of flight safety information.

“During an emergency, all sorts of debris and uncomfortable ground surfaces will block your way to the exit and outside the aircraft.”

He continued: “If your feet [aren’t] If you are properly covered, you will have a hard time getting to safety. Imagine crushing your bare feet as you walk down the corridor covered in broken glass, fire and metal splinters.

“A bit like John McClane in Die Hard, but worse.”

And leave your flip-flops in your bag – opt for sturdy shoes instead.

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A passenger was recently abandoned in horror after a woman flipped her bare feet upside down during a flight.

And an airline flight attendant gave it away the three essential rules of etiquette that all passengers should follow during a flight.

Fungal infections are possible if an aircraft has not been thoroughly cleaned recently

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Fungal infections are possible if an aircraft has not been thoroughly cleaned recentlyPhoto credit: Getty

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