Is it legitimate to walk barefoot on a plane?
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It’s time to talk about one of the most controversial things on flights: taking off your shoes. While this is an act of comfort, especially given the fact that at 30,000 feet in the air our feet can swell and on long flights it is a real nuisance, but on the other hand the amount of dirt and bacteria present in the cockpit should deter each of us and leave us on our feet.

Pilot Patrick Smith told Travel + Leisure travel magazine that “although the plane is cleaned before each flight, keep in mind that it is usually a quick cleaning of about 20 minutes and is not the most thorough.”

As a result, cleaning the cabin of an airplane will usually focus on lifting large debris or wiping key surfaces with a large amount of touches, such as the toilet cubicle. Thorough cleaning on the other hand takes place once in a while, usually once every two weeks.

Even the carpets on the floor of the plane often undergo rapid suction designed to clean large debris. If, for example, a drink is spilled, the cleaning team will remove it, but will not necessarily take care to disinfect the place.

“Anyone who decides to walk barefoot on a plane can catch bacteria and viruses that can adversely affect their health. Also, the fear of contracting a fungal infection always exists,” says David Krause, owner of SyQuest USA, which makes aircraft cleaning products.

“There is no doubt that the Corona has influenced the way aircraft are cleaned and it has been improved to ensure that there is no trace left of a virus that can infect crew or passengers, yet while flights return to routine, airline cleaning protocols are likely to return to old habits,” Krause says.

And beyond all the health claims, another matter is the passengers around you on the flight. Taking off your shoes can be an unpleasant act for those sitting next to you on the plane, whether it is because of the smell or the unpleasant feeling of seeing bare feet.

By Editor

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