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Flight attendant warns holidaymakers to always leave a towel by their hotel door

A flight attendant has warned holidaymakers to always leave a towel by the hotel door.

In a TikTok video, she shared her top tips to ensure guests can stay safe and secure on their travels. American cabin crew member Cici explains that she a checklist she follows whenever she stays in a hotel, particularly when she first arrives.

As an avid traveller, Cici says she follows a strict security routine as soon as she checks in. She says that it is essential to "always count the number of doors to the exit stairwell", in case there is a fire and "it is too dark or smoky" for hotel guests to see where the exits are.

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As the Express reported, it is vital to be prepared and familiarise yourself with the security and evacuation maps that are often displayed on the corridors.

The flight attendant also advised travellers to make sure the door is fully shut whenever they leave their room - something which she says is easy to forget to do.

"I see doors not fully shut all the time walking through the hallway," Cicic said.

Hotel doors are usually heavy and may need a final push to be closed properly, and when in her room, Cici checks the peephole to make sure it is closed.

If there is no cover for it on the door, "just take some tissue and shove it in there so nobody can see inside your room".

As for the safety latch, there is an extra level of security that Cici takes. She says she always takes a small towel from the bathroom and wraps it around the safety latch as an extra security measure.

She then closes the latch lock with the hand towel, which will make it harder to open.

She went on to explain that she uses "a personal safety alarm like the Birdie". Birdie is a personal safety alarm "made for women".

The colourful device has "a loud alarm and flashing strobe light designed to deter an attack" and can be purchased online for less than £20.

"I bought one for all the women in my life," Cici said.

When it comes to letting strangers into her room, the flight attendant does not mess around.

"If someone knocks at the room and says they are housekeeping, but you didn't order anything, call the front desk," Cici said.

"This could also be room service, security or anything you weren't expecting."

Finally, "for added protection at night", the flight attendant recommended using door safety alarms, which are set off if someone enters the room.

"Always bring two door wedges or door stop alarms just in case you have an adjoining room and they weren't able to accommodate your room request," she continues.


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