I had to chuckle when a reader sent the photo above. I laughed even more when I got the backstory. What was that passenger thinking? Apparently there is such a thing as getting too comfortable on a plane, even on an American Airlines 737-800.
Shoes Off: Passenger Gets Too Comfortable in American Airlines First Class
Here’s the context for the picture, shared by reader Jeff. He was traveling last night on American Airlines flight 1860 from Charlotte (CLT) to Austin (AUS) in first class. During boarding, a passenger seated in the rear of the plane apparently stowed his shoes in the closet located near the front door of the aircraft. Yes, he just dumped them as he boarded the flight. Later, a flight attendant discovered them (apparently with shock and disbelief over the odor), leading to an odd announcement:
“Will the gentleman who took off his shoes and put them in the forward closet please come back and get them.”
AA’s 737-800s feature “Project Oasis” seating which represent one of the tightest and most uncomfortable cabin seats in the industry. I understand that legroom can be tight. I’m also someone who likes to take his shoes off (never my socks, though) and therefore I can understand why it’s nice to lean back and relax, especially if you are wearing dress shoes.
Still, shared closets are probably not the best place to store your shoes. One, because if they stink they may stink up the coats hanging above them. Two, because if there is an emergency onboard requiring a quick exit, you will not be able to get your shoes (and shamefully slow down the egress of others if you do). Finally, was the passenger going to retrieve the shoes every time he used the lavatory? That’s not water on the floor…
After the announcement above (and several more) no passenger fessed up. It was only by walking through the plane performing a feet inspection that the owner was found…
Jeff shared that the flight attendants took the issue in stride and with humor even when they eventually found the passenger. In his 20 years of flying American Airlines as an Executive Platinum member, this was the first time he had ever seen anything like this. I haven’t seen anything like this either!
I hope the flight attendant washed her hands after handling the soles of those shoes!