Flight Attendant Reveals Why You Should Never Wear Shorts On A Plane

Flight Attendant Reveals Why You Should Never Wear Shorts On A Plane iStock/Anna Anisimova

When you’re flying somewhere, especially when it’s a long journey, the most important thing is that you’re as comfortable as possible, right? If it’s summer where you are or if you’re headed to a particularly hot destination, you may even want to be dressed in the proper attire so you can get the party started as soon as you deboard. However, that would be a very bad idea. A flight attendant has urged travelers never to wear shorts on a plane, and for good reason – I’ll be listening to him!


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  1. It’s all about travel etiquette. TikTok user @tommycimato revealed the top five things he believes all travelers should know about being a thoughtful, courteous flyer, and not wearing shorts was one of his big no-nos.
  2. How bad can it be? As he points out, wearing shorts means your skin is more likely to come into close contact with some pretty nasty germs. Planes may be cleaned, but the fabric on the seats isn’t given a thorough overhaul after every flight, so it could be pretty unhygienic. “Don’t or try not to wear shorts when you’re on an airplane. It’s the same thing as the window, you never know how clean it’s gonna be, so if you have pants, you’re gonna have less germs,” he explained.
  3. The seats aren’t the only thing that’s dirty. He also advised travelers to steer clear of leaning on the windows because they’re pretty gross too. “Do not fall asleep or lean your head on the window. You are not the only that has done that and you don’t know how many people or children have wiped their hands or other things all over the window,” he said.
  4. Oh yeah, and then there are the toilets. I don’t think anyone imagines airplane toilets to be very clean, but it bears repeating: they’re awful! Tommy advises: “Do not ever touch the flush button with your bare hands. It’s honestly just super unsanitary and pretty gross, so when you flush, use a napkin or tissues that’s in the lavatory.”
  5. Any other tips? Stay hydrated! Tommy says about 16 oz. of water per flight should do it, but I think it depends on how long your flight is. That’s only two cups, which hardly seems enough for a long haul to the other side of the world. Wherever you’re going, just make sure you’ve got plenty to drink!
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