The shoes you should never wear when traveling
AN AVIATION expert has warned travelers against the one pair of shoes they should never wear on a flight as it could be life threatening in an emergency.
CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo revealed that her top recommendation when traveling was to always avoid wearing flip flops.
She said: “Please wear suitable shoes and leave them on until after take-off.
“I see people boarding with flip flops and I think if you have to get up and run and you fall or you can’t run you’re not only going to get hurt, you’re going to hurt dozens of other people in that. airplane.
“Then take shoes.”
Schiavo shared his best advice following a plane crash early last month that miraculously saw all 21 passengers on board survive.
The plane, filled with baseball fans, began to take off from Houston, Texas, crashing into a fence just 500 feet from the runway.
It then caught fire – yet everyone survived.
A passenger told KHOU: “Coming down the runway and all of a sudden they hit the brakes.
“Things were flying and when it finally stopped they just said ‘get out, get out’ because we thought it was going to explode.”
Emergency slides were deployed and all 21 people on board slipped to safety.
Two people were taken to hospital, one with a minor back injury and another with breathing problems.
Schiavo added that it was the evacuation rules, the number of aircraft exits and the non-flammable materials that saved lives during the flight.
However, wearing the right footwear – and knowing where the emergency exits are – will help you escape in an emergency.
Aviation expert Christine Negroni has also previously warned about the importance of wearing shoes when landing.
She told The Sun Online: “The riskiest time on a flight is landing and I think it should be a rule to have shoes on during that time.
“If you escape from a plane, the ground can be very hot or cold, it can be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield – you won’t want to be barefoot.”
The chances of surviving a plane crash are 95%, so this is not the first accident where all passengers make it out alive.
In July this year, all 19 people on a Russian flight from Kedrovy to Tomsk survived after it crashed in Siberia.
DO NOT GO BAREFOOT
And in 2016, 17 paratroopers escaped unharmed on a flight in California when their plane nosed down before hitching a truck and then overturning before landing upside down.
Sun Online Travel previously revealed advice from Dave Inch, Captain of a Boeing 787, on what to do if a plane breaks down.
He said, “Take anything sharp out of your pockets, loosen your belt and take off your tie or scarf and take off the high-heeled shoes.
“Take off your glasses for landing so they don’t fly off and are available to help you find your way if you need to.”
After the plane lands, travelers should then resist the temptation to run to the exit and wait in their seats until instructed to do so.
Mr Inch said: “Stay in your seat until prompted. Do not open an exit door or window without direct instructions from a flight attendant.
“Have a piece of cloth (preferably damp) to help with breathing if there is smoke – if there is smoke during evacuation, stay as low as possible.”
“Yes [it’s] a water landing, do not inflate your life jacket until you are at the door – if you inflate it and the plane fills with water, you will be stuck on the ceiling and you will not be able to swim underwater to get out .