My seatmate on a recent airplane flight gave herself a facial. I was amused…not at all offended. But since the thought crossed my mind to join her, I thought I’d put it out for discussion here.
Facial On Airplane: Rude Or Tolerable?
First, let me define what I mean by facial. I mean a beauty treatment for the face, meant to enhance or preserve beauty or youth. This was a fairly young woman and we sat next to each other on a fairly long flight.
As we were approaching New York, she pulled out a disposable hydrating mask and placed it on her. For 20 minutes or so, she sat in her seat with the mask on.
I smiled because I use the same type of masks on my face, though I started about 10 years too late and am only trying to slow the growth of wrinkles, not prevent them. I had several in my bag and thought about joining her, though that may have been a bit awkward…and then I thought it also may be rude.
Unlike clipping nails or shaving, the mask is odorless or has a light and very pleasant smell. It sits on your face and doesn’t drip or otherwise cause a mess, as long as it is properly disposed of after (she folded it up and put it in an air sickness bag).
But I realize also realize there’s a certain decorum we should keep when around others, especially on an airplane. An aircraft cabin is not our bathroom or bedroom. I don’t wish to make others feel uncomfortable, because I hate to feel uncomfortable when others around me fail to respect reasonable boundaries (most often by not using headphones when watching something on their phone).
It’s weird, and admittedly a bit inconsistent, that bare feet, even if clean, really bother me in a cabin, but this did not. But I figured I’d ask you, dear readers, before putting on a mask myself (and finding myself the latest feature on the Passenger Shaming Instagram account).
Is a face mask permissible or off-limits in business class? If rude, what makes it rude?