I'm a flight attendant and there are 5 mistakes passengers keep making that ruin your holiday | The Sun
A FLIGHT attendant has revealed the biggest mistakes passengers are making when going on holiday.
Beth Windsor has worked for airlines, including British Airways, for more than 10 years.
She's revealed to Insider some of the biggest mistakes passengers make on the plane – and they could ruin your holidays.
1. Walking barefoot
One of the biggest mistakes you are making is walking barefoot on the plane.
While you may want to take your shoes off, the floors are some of the dirtiest parts of the plane, which could lead to foot infections.
Beth said: "If the plane hits turbulence when you're in a small restroom, it can cause a mess that you probably don't want to step into, especially not with bare feet."
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There are some ways around this if you want to remove your shoes, such as packing hotel slippers or sandals.
Here are six things you should never wear on a plane, however.
2. Using the seat pockets
Beth also advised against using the seat pockets, even if you need somewhere to store your stuff during a flight.
She warned that they are very rarely cleaned out – and had even come across "dirty nappies and underwear" in them.
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3. Drinking plane tap water
When you are on the plane, make sure it is bottled water you are drinking, or you could get seriously ill.
Previous studies have found that the water from the tanks on the plane could contain dangerous bacteria as they are hardly ever cleaned.
Instead, Beth said to stick to bottled water instead, as she was speaking from experience.
She said: "I've been fine after drinking boiled plane water. However, I once drank straight from the tap and became well-acquainted with the aircraft toilet."
4. Booking bulkhead seats
Booking a seat in the bulkhead – the rows at the front of the cabin with a wall in front – can be a great way to get extra leg-room without paying for it.
However they come with a risk of having screaming children, as parents often book these seats as they can fit bassinets, so you might miss out on some shut-eye.
Beth explained: "The bulkhead at the front of a row is usually where the bassinette is placed, making it a hotspot for crying babies."
If you want to avoid crying babies next to you, opt for an exit row as you have to be an adult to sit there.
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5. Getting boozy
Even if you think you have a high tolerance to alcohol, drinking on a plane is a very different experience, as the low cabin pressure can lower your bloody oxygen levels.
This means you will get drunk much quicker – and if you cause problems or disruptions on the plane, you could get kicked off and even banned from the airline.
Beth said if you want to have some drinks, the best thing to do is "pace yourself" and keep drinking "plenty of water".
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