Why does the flight attendant put a shoe in the safe? (TikTok @esthersturru)
If there's one group of people we should all get tips and tricks from when it comes to travel, it's the flight attendants. This is true in general for travel, and especially for advice related to your personal safety.
An American flight attendant named Alia McIntyre is a prime example: she's also experienced in her job and she's also an energetic TikTok user who periodically uploads tipping videos, in which she shares her insights about staying in hotel rooms.
"It doesn't matter to me how many hotels I've stayed in – I'll never stop doing my regular security routine," she says in one of her more viral videos, in which she shares what she does every time she arrives at a new room. "I check everything, and you all know that by now," she says as she opens the cupboards wide and takes a good look under the bed. She then takes a hanger with which she determinedly checks what is happening behind the curtain, lest someone is hiding there. If so, he would have bumped into the hanger rather than her bare hands. She ends the video by demonstrating a method by which she prevents strangers from entering her room.
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@flightattendantbaelee ? My hotel security routine. | Stay Safe!! #flightattendant #hotel #safety #adayinthelife #futureflightattendants ♬ original sound - Lea
"Not paranoid at all"
Travel and Leisure reports that after this video was circulated on social media and received many comments, Alia recently posted a new video. Among other things, she claimed that some thought she was paranoid. "I'm not paranoid at all," she states. "I'm not doing this search in the hotel room because I think I'm going to find someone or something. I only do this because of the slim chance that there is actually someone or something in my room."
One way or another, in her second video, she describes one of her favorite tricks: "the hanger trick." "This method is 'lifesaving.' If you want to keep your curtains completely closed, use it," she explains, demonstrating how she uses the hanger's small clip to snap the curtains together so not a single ray of sunlight can penetrate.
"It really doesn't matter who you are or what country you're in – you have to have different safety measures when you enter a hotel room." And if you're into another security trick from its creator, pay attention to the following trick, which demonstrates an additional security measure of the room door.