I left out one detail of my review of the Chelsea First Class Lounge at New York JFK: apparently it also is a makeshift gym for restless passengers like the lout who decided to do a full body workout on the floor in the center of the lounge.
Travel Etiquette 101: Do No Perform A Full Body Workout In First Class Lounge
Shortly after my arrival at around 9:30 am, I heard grunting. Puzzled, I turned and saw a man on the floor. Was he okay? Yep, it was just GI Joe (wearing camouflage pants) apparently doing a workout on the floor.
Admittedly, I was somewhat amused. You had a bunch of passengers including Governor Cuomo all seated around him and he simply did not care: first it was pushups, then squats, then sit-ups, then stretching.
I mean, these are all good things. They’re also quite helpful before stepping onto a longhaul flight. But right in the middle of a first class lounge? And making noise?
That’s just rude. He could have at least stepped into the relaxation room in the rear of the lounge, which was empty. But some people just have no shame.
He eventually stopped, put on his backpack, and left the lounge. Nothing was said to him by lounge staff and I certainly did not feel it was my responsibility to correct him. It wasn’t my lounge or my house…
I know someone else like GI Joe. He cannot stop moving. It’s nonstop motion…he has to be doing physical activity or else he goes stir crazy. I pity him and pity GI Joe here.
Sorry, but it’s simply rude to do calisthenics in the middle of an airport first class lounge. I do admire the man for wanting to stay healthy, but a shared space is not the place for a workout. He could have at least gone into the relaxation room, but probably should have gone to a vacant gate area if he really could not resist working out prior to his flight.