Long-haul fights might seem like a good time to take off your shoes and relax – but cabin crew have revealed the really disgusting reason why you should think twice about this.
Going barefoot on a flight can have seriously disgusting consequences if you’re unlucky.
Flight attendants have shared their foul experiences on US discussion site Reddit to encourage passengers not to walk around the cabin without any shoes.
The gross reason behind this is mostly due to the toilet – you never know what you might step in.
One flight attendant who claims to have worked on long haul for six years cautions passengers about loo spills.
“Please do not ever walk into a toilet with bare feet,” they posted on a Reddit thread. “I promise you, nine times out of 10, that is not water on the floor.
They added: “The toilets are often absolutely disgusting and get deep cleaned only at the end of a route.
“For us, this could be from one side of the world to the other… imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12-hour flight with 200 people using them.”
The disgusting problems don’t stop there, however, as a flight attendant who has worked for five years revealed.
The cabin crew member posted: “Had a 21-year-old male come to the back galley, puked all over it twice, then proceeded to projectile vomit on the aircraft door before heading into the lavatory and then puking again.
“There were two of us in onboard ‘hazmat’ suits cleaning it up, while a lady is demanding for a cup of water.” (sic)
Their gross in-flight experiences continued on a future occasion, too.
“[Another time,] a man had explosive diarrhoea which flooded the lavatory and soaked into the carpet down the aisle. Had to divert because of the stench,” the same flight attendant said.
Another flight attendant posted: “So many incidents occur on the plane that every day passengers don’t see or consider.
“My last flight an elderly man accidentally s*** on the floor, stepped in it, and walked on like it was nothing. DO NOT WALK AROUND BAREFOOT.
“Pee and poop happens, all over. I feel like I witness an ‘accident’ regularly; in their seat or in the lav.”
An expert recently exclusively told Express.co.uk whether it was possible to get sucked into a plane toilet.
It is “nigh on impossible to get stuck or sucked into a plane toilet,” Alana Gomez, spokesperson for Jetcost told Express.co.uk.
“This is because you would need to create an airtight seal over the seat” for someone to get sucked in.”
However, Alana revealed that this unfortunate accident has, in fact, happened to someone in the past.
“There was a case documented 10 years ago of a woman who got sucked into a toilet during a flight to the United States,” she said. “She spent the whole flight in there! She was compensated, of course.”
The valuable lesson to learn from the unfortunate woman’s accident is to never flush a plane toilet while still sitting down and to not lift the toilet seat and sit on the toilet rim.
It’s also “almost impossible” for plane toilets to overflow. “The waste tank is 5-15 m away from the toilet and there are several sets of sensors for the tank and toilet including level indicators,” said Tony King, Sales Director at SkyKem, which supplies hygiene technology to the aircraft industry. “Consequently it is almost impossible for the toilets to overflow.”
Source : EXPRESS