Hosties’ horror stories will make you keep shoes on mid-flight

THE temptation to take your shoes off on flights is understandable — feet swell and sweat, so it’s easier to relax in your socks.

But think twice before you decide to go barefoot on a plane, because the hidden germs lurking on the floor are worse than you could imagine.

Flight attendants and passengers have been sharing on Reddit some of the worst things they’ve witness end up on the aisle or toilet floors, in a bid to prevent travellers from going shoeless, The Sun reports.

From faeces under the seat, to vomit in the galley — there is nothing passengers won’t stoop to.

If you take your shoes off, you might want to make sure they don’t hit the floor. Picture: Passenger ShamingSource:Instagram


Nothing makes cabin crew cringe more than a passenger padding into the bathroom without shoes on.

A flight attendant who goes by the nickname HausofDarling said: “I promise you, 9 times out of 10, that is not water on the floor.

“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.”


Often planes have just two tiny toilets to share between hundreds of passengers — so those who need to get to the loo quickly often don’t make it.

A flight attendant who goes by the nickname PeanutSlinger said: “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.

“(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.”

Keep those feet up, kids.Source:istock


The area under your seat should be a safe bet for going barefoot, but it turns out that even that area could have been exposed to human excrement.

An ex-flight attendant who goes by the nickname Boopboopster said: “People are generally disgusting on planes — I once found human faeces under a seat.

“Planes are cleaned between sectors (at least at my airline they were, not sure about US flights where they do multiple sectors a day), but still, consider that before you put your stuff everywhere.”


Travel sickness goes hand-in-hand with plane toilets, so it’s hardly a surprise to learn that there has probably been plenty of vomit on your floor.

A passenger who goes by the nickname Crowslanding said: “Boarded plane bound for Oslo when I suddenly start feeling weird — suddenly I am projectile vomiting everywhere in the bathroom.

“When I was done, more vomit was outside the toilet than in it. As a bonus I had also vomited a bit on myself, so the poor people sitting next to me had to smell it the rest of the way as well.”


For those passengers who have to stand when they use the toilet, turbulence can be an especially tricky business.

As a passenger who goes by the nickname McChicken19 said: “Once I was in the bathroom on an plane and we hit some turbulence causing me to p*ss everywhere.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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