Given the popularity of Crocs, you may have stumbled upon a curious rumor that’s been making the rounds on the internet: are Crocs really banned from airports?
Let's put the matter to rest up front: No, Crocs are not banned from airports. But, like all good myths, there's a grain of truth that might explain the confusion.
Certain airports, and even some malls, have posted signs indicating that Crocs or similar foam-based clog-style footwear is prohibited on escalators. While at first glance these signs may seem to suggest that Crocs are verboten entirely, a closer reading reveals a more specific concern.
The real issue lies with the potential hazards that Crocs can pose on escalators. There are documented cases of kids getting their Crocs stuck in escalator treads, leading to unfortunate and sometimes painful incidents. This isn't a recent phenomenon either. Back in 2007, a news report from CBS highlighted the danger. Rory McDermott, a four-year-old, experienced such an accident at a mall. Similarly, in 2008, at the Atlanta airport, a three-year-old boy sustained a toe injury due to his Crocs getting caught in the escalator mechanism. In fact, the same report from 2008 highlighted that five of seven shoe entrapment incidents at that airport involved Crocs.
Airports and malls, keen to avoid liabilities and ensure the safety of their visitors, likely responded by placing these warning signs on escalators.
So, next time you're packing for a trip and contemplating which shoes to wear for a smooth airport experience, don't hesitate to slip on your favorite pair of Crocs. They're as welcome in terminals as any other footwear. However, when you're approaching an escalator, just remember to exercise a bit of caution. It's always better to be safe than sorry.