A reader recently sent me a video of a woman using the overhead vent on her flight to dry her underwear. I thought it was a joke, but turns out this really happened…allegedly for over 20 minutes!
I’ve never seen this before (and I usually blog about this sort of horrible passenger etiquette), but apparently this incident occurred two years ago on Ural Airlines flight from Antalya, a Turkish resort city, to Moscow.
After takeoff, the woman went to work, holding up her underwear to the overhead vent, oblivious to the fact that everyone was staring at her and many filming.
Apparently, everyone was so shocked they said nothing.
It isn’t clear if she took off her underwear to dry or if these were separate panties she brought onboard. Some believe that the underwear did not belong to her, but a child, though there is no indication she was traveling with a child. Others speculate there was a very rough takeoff…
Whenever there is an etiquette question like this, we are left with the question of how we would react if we were in a similar situation. If it were me, I suspect I would have been equally dumbfounded and said nothing. It does surprise me, however, that this went on for 20-minutes. Is service so bad on Ural that flight attendants did not make an appearance for that long or also just decided to ignore it? I tend to think it was only for a minute or two, not that it makes the behavior less egregious.