This is why you should always leave your shoes on when flying

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    Recently we’ve been learning a lot about the do’s and don’ts of flying.

    From the terrifying reason why you should never board a plane first to the grim reason why you may want to avoid ordering hot drinks in the future (seriously gross), we’re learning a lot about what not to do when travelling from A to B.

    Well, one flight attendant has expanded our in-flight knowledge even more after responding to a Quora thread about in-flight etiquette.

    One Quora user wanted to know why passengers are asked to wear their shoes during takeoff, which is a very fair question when you consider the fact that taking your shoes off during in a flight is meant to help reduce swelling.

    Flight attendant Tony Luna took to the forum to reply, explaining: ‘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 towards the exit, as well as outside the aircraft,’ she continued.

    ‘If your feet isn’t properly covered, you’ll have a hard time making your way to safety.’

    There’s also the fact that walking around without your shoes on is actually pretty gross, as the planes aren’t always fully sanitised between flights – which means the floor is probably covered in all sorts of unmentionables. Oh, and if a passenger is sick then only a spot clean is performed.

    So, we think it’s probably safer to leave your shoes on next time.

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