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WHAT TO WEAR
In the unlikely event of an airplane
evacuation via escape slides,
synthetic fibers can become very hot due to friction, and melt causing
first, second and even third degree burns to the body and legs.
The following steps should be taken when traveling to ensure passenger comfort and safety.
Wear clothes made of natural fibers such as Cotton, Wool, Denim, and Leather.
These fibers offer the best protection during an airplane evacuation or fire. Synthentics
such as rayon, polycotton, and nylon especially in hosiery, can melt when heated.
Wear clothing that is non-restrictive.
Attempt to wear long pants and long sleves. NO SHORTS or SKIRTS.
These types of clothes do not appropriatly cover extremities.
Wear low-healed laced or strapped shoes or boots, tennis shoes are okay too. Hi-healed dress shoes will have to be removed before leaving the airplane via an escape slide which can cause severe injury slow departure from the airplane once outside. Imagine trying to walk through jet fuel, possibly on fire, broken glass, or sharp metal fragments without shoes to protect your feet. Avoid Sandles.
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Revised: 01 June 1999
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