Why you shouldn't take your shoes off on an airplane
You want to make it as comfortable as possible on an airplane. The shoes are sometimes taken off, but this turns out not to be such a smart idea.
You can keep your shoes on better during your flight
Long lines for customs, turning your hand luggage inside out because there is something doubtful in it, and then finally being able to take a seat on the plane after boarding. After you have completed that entire procedure, you still want to make it easy for yourself. For some, therefore, the shoes immediately go out, but whether that is such a good idea ...
The plane is not as clean as you hope.
During a long flight it is much more comfortable to wear only your socks, but it is not advisable, says Reader’s Digest. Although the toilet of the aircraft is cleaned, they are actually still very dirty. When the aircraft makes another flight that same day, the toilet is quickly cleaned with disinfectant spray, wiped clean and provided with toilet paper. That is it.
The floor of the toilet is only completely disinfected at night. Because the toilet is so small, it is easy for bacteria to spread. In addition, there are still passengers who pee standing up. A little turbulence quickly means that men do not always focus well. The puddle of water on the floor could therefore be a bit different. Not nice thoughts, we think. By keeping your shoes on, the bacteria at least do not adhere to your socks.
Not just the toilet
The toilet is not the only source of bacteria. When a fellow passenger falls ill and has to throw up, only the place itself is properly cleaned by a cleaner. The area around it is often not (properly) cleaned and therefore contains many bacteria that can spread easily, claims Readers Digest.
We do not know if all airlines have this policy when it comes to cleaning, but you can always take it for granted by keeping your shoes on.