The more I think about this, the more I think this deserves more than a casual mention in my flight review. It’s shocking to me that some people have so little courtesy that they cannot comprehend they are making a fool of themselves. This was the case with my loutish seatmate across the aisle on Kenya Airways.
My Loutish Seatmate Refuses To Wear Mask Properly, Puts Feet On Wall, Blames Delayed Flight
We had boarded and passengers were settling into their seats for the four-hour journey to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. At the time (a few months back), a mask mandate was still in place on flights to or from Kenya.
But my seatmate did not want to wear a mask. Yes, one of the mask warriors. Sure, I do not like masks either, but I was the one who chose to fly on Kenya Airways and therefore it was incumbent on me to do my research and perform due diligence if masking was going to be an issue.
My mask stayed on the entire flight…as did everyone else around me. It’s not so hard. Most people were surprised by the mask rule, but a gate agent offered complimentary masks during boarding.
This passenger frequently moved his mask below his nose, looking around the cabin when doing so, demonstrating he knew he was not supposed to do so.
At two points he was asked politely by flight attendants to wear the mask over his nose and mouth and on both occasions, he briefly moved the mask up above his nose, then down again as soon as the flight attendant walked by.
When we encountered a departure delay out of Johannesburg, Mr. 1G decided to “get comfortable” by putting up his feet on the bulkhead in front of his seat. Real classy…
Here, flight attendants never said anything, but as he continued to sit with his feet on the wall and his mask down, I pitied him for being so foolish. His childish behavior was benefiting no one, certainly not least himself.
Later, he was reminded about the mask once more and had a new defense for not wearing it properly: the flight delay. Good one.
I’m very happy we’ve now moved beyond the mask era onboard, but for the few nations or airlines that may be straggling, we must keep in mind that we agree to abide by such rules when we voluntarily book tickets on them.
At one point, my actual seatmate in 1B leaned over and said, “What an idiot.” I nodded in agreement.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Treat other people’s things (even airlines’ things) as you would like others to treat your things. Somehow, I don’t think going over to this guy’s house and putting your feet on the wall is going to fly…