March 2, 2024

Don’t Feel Gross About Wearing Shorts on a Plane

  • People have debated whether it is acceptable to wear shorts on a plane.
  • But with hot temperatures and tarmac disasters, you might as well be comfortable.
  • Travel studies have shown that surfaces like tray tables and air vents are the dirtiest.

You shouldn’t worry too much about wearing pants or shorts on a plane – instead, do whatever makes you most comfortable, because you never know when you might get stuck on the tarmac or some other disaster.

A recent thread on the Delta subreddit split the pants vs. shorts debate, Insider reported Wednesday, with some arguing for the comfort of shorts when traveling to and from hot climates, and others raising hygiene concerns about touching an airline seat with your bare skin.

The debate, that was Parody in series like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” at a time when nightmare flight scenarios seem to be at a peak. Delta Air Lines confirmed to Insider that at least one passenger on an Atlanta-bound flight was ejected from Las Vegas by first responders after passengers were stranded on a plane with no air conditioning for four hours in triple-digit Las Vegas heat.

Airline travel is already a dehumanizing experience: as Insider reported in 2017, seats have been reduced over the years and high prices have driven some passengers to try “skiplagging” to get cheaper prices. Reports of rowdy passengers are on the rise.

On a recent Reddit thread, one user said he never wore shorts as “Many skin infections occur as a result of skin contact with dirty seats. I’ve seen and heard of some pretty gnarly ones.”

But when it comes to hygiene, some of the dirtiest airline surfaces are the ones you touch with your hands, not your feet. Its 2018 CBC Marketplace study He took samples from 18 flights and found that the headrest and seat pocket surfaces were dirty on planes. And a TravelMath Study 2015 cited by Time and Forbesin which a microbiologist took samples from five airports and four fights, tray tables, toilet flush buttons, and air vents were found to be among the dirtiest surfaces on a flight.

Ultimately, your choice of flight clothing is a matter of personal preference. But it pays to be prepared – and pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to clean your seating area – either way.

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