A picture showcases what is either a horrible practical joke or truly the worst passenger in the world.
I’ve ranted or poked fun at barefoot passengers on several occasions at Live and Let’s Fly. I find bare feet worse than loud cell phone conversations and hogging armrests…even when they are clean.
Over the years, I have seen passengers take off their shoe and socks and put bare feet on lounge furniture. I’ve seen passengers angle their feet against the window or into the aisle onboard an airplane. I’ve even seen passengers attempt to control their seatback IFE units using their toes.
But I’ve never seen something like this:
This is the one thing I am most worried about before getting on a plane from r/mildlyinfuriating
As much as I dread flying in Lufthansa Economy Class, at least that is where a metal fork might come in handy…
On a serious note, how would you handle such an incident?
Via a headbutt? Rapid recline of the seat? Perhaps tickling?
I would take the in-flight magazine or safety card and swat away those feet like a fly. Then I would turn around, look the passenger directly in the eye, shake my head, then take my seat again.
I’m not sure how such a rude act could ever be considered an innocent mistake. Oh, I didn’t know that was wrong? Please…
This is the sort of thing that is best handled one-on-one with the passenger. While dutiful flight attendants should (and no doubt would) step in, passengers like this actually must be told that they are out of line. It is only when they are publicly shamed that it (likely) won’t happen again.
Personally I’m calling BS on this. There’s too much that raises eyebrows. She chops off her face No name doesn’t complain. I’m thinking staged.
However if I’m wrong…..God help us all
Indeed, even if this particular incident is staged, I’m more interested in how you or others would handle this actually occurring.
This was most likely a foreign person. Unacceptable!
Because I’ve never seen someone from my own country being a jackass and putting their nasty bare feet up on a seat or on a bulkhead.
And you’re any better? You automatically assume it’s a “boomer” ?
Aren’t you the cool hipster. Why don’t you try using something mildly original instead of a phrase that was stupid five minutes after it started trending
I’m inclined to turn around and tell the person in no uncertain terms to get their feet off the seat. That would be followed by a stern comment on how an airplane is shared space and 1. feet therefore belong on the floor or footrest and 2. bare feet are not acceptable period. Not to mention the fact that an airplane floor isn’t the most sanitary of places.
If it ever happens I hope I’m not in uniform.
If it happens when I am in my TSA uniform I will pull my gun, have her under aim for the short remainder of the flight, call in military jets to escort me and have the plane diverted to the nearest airport for reasons of security threat.
@Matthew – You seem to have some pretty confrontational, and even violent ways to deal with fellow passengers doing things you don’t like. Stab the passenger with a fork? That brings to mind when you implied that you would burn a fellow passenger with scalding liquid for interfering with your recline. Maybe start with a polite but firm request.
Note the “but seriously” part…
Filthy creatures. You simply don’t see boomers doing this ( or doing the zombie walk with cell phones, or having a conference call in a public space, or putting their feet up on furniture, or standing at a buffet picking up food with their grubby fingers). No: these sleazebags have 2 things in common: all male, all millennials or younger)
I would swat away these disgusting feet with the inflight magazine ( and toss the magazine at him afterwards )
Something went awry in the socialisation process of these creatures.
I tend to think this whole thing was staged as well or otherwise not legit. There’s no way something like that could happen, or, if it did, could go on very long, without something being done about it by airline personnel. It does make good clickbait, and I think the woman “victim” is just taking advantage of this recent obsession with online “passenger shaming” for self promotion,
While a passenger doing such a thing is undoubtedly rather crass behavior, secretly photographing people for online ridicule and “shaming” is even worse as it is nothing short of cyberbullying. Someone causing a problem on an airline should be handled by the airline crew, especially if specific rules are being violated. In that way, the behavior will stop immediately, and the offender will know not to do it in the future.
An online secretly taken picture not only does nothing to stop such behavior in the future, the real message being sent is that the poster himself/herself is a coward who enjoys anonymously hurting others who have no way of defending themselves.
LMAO, these days you can’t ‘shame’ any poor behavior. That’s the whole point of shaming.
“Shaming” for poor behavior by posting surreptitiously obtained pictures online does nothing at all to stop the behavior, and only reflects negatively on the shamer as being a coward and cyberbully.
I wrote a blog article recently about the absurdity of this whole “shaming” phenomenon that’s been splashed across the internet in the last few years, entitled “Hate sites promote shaming of barefoot airline passengers.”
You can see it here: https://borntolivebarefoot.org/hate-sites-promote-shaming-of-barefoot-airline-passengers/
You’re right Kriss. A full on confrontation then and there is much better /sarc.
Nick, I’m not sure what you mean by “full on confrontation,” but as I mentioned before, if someone is causing a problem on a plane that directly affects you, and you don’t do something about it then and there, the problem obviously continues.
If it doesn’t directly affect you (invading your private space), then what others may be doing is none of your business. You aren’t the judge and jury of what others may do in public, just because it’s something you don’t particularly like or something you wouldn’t do yourself.
And secretly taking a picture of the person or behavior and posting it online does NOTHING to stop the behavior either at that moment or in the future. Doing so is an exercise in futility as well as sending the message of your own inadequacies and shortcomings manifested by your lack of respect and acceptance of others who may be different from you or have made different choices from yours.