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:
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.