Travellers onboard may have noticed being told to keep their shoes on during take-off and landing, and it turns out this is a preparation in case the worst does indeed happen.
According to Ben Sherwood, author of The Survivors Club — The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life, 80 percent of all crashes happen within the first three minutes of a flight or in the last eight minutes before landing.
Therefore both passengers and crew need to be geared up to make a speedy escape – which is where your shoes come in.
Speaking to TripSavy, an anonymous pilot who works for a major airline explained: “God forbid there was an emergency, you wouldn’t want to evacuate a plane that might be on fire or standing in mud and weeds wearing a pair of flip-flops.”
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