Among the worst things you do on a plane – that doesn’t include touching another passenger – are draping your hair over someone else’s seat back, covering their entertainment screen, and sticking your bare feet in the air or on someone else’s tray table.
So it sure has to be up there for a passenger to be painting toenails at their seat during the flight. Personal grooming of any kind at your seat, surrounded by hundreds of people in close proximity, is just wrong isn’t it? The woman isn’t just painting her nails, she’s sending the waft of nail polish into the cabin.
But this woman wins the passenger shaming daily double because she’s also reportedly drinking beer that’s she’d brought on board her American Airlines flight, too.
Nail polish users: PLEASE don't wait until you're in an enclosed space with hundreds of strangers all breathing recycled air to apply nail polish. Some of us are very sensitive to the poisonous fumes.
Also, an FYI that drinking alcohol you brought onboard is not legal. pic.twitter.com/RQTjaNURTC
— JT Genter (@JTGenter) November 16, 2023
While a passenger can drink alcohol they’ve brought on board if it’s served to them by a flight attendant, they cannot drink that alcohol surreptitiously. These rules are designed to limit consumption by passengers who might otherwise drink too much, and whose behavior could spin out of control and threaten the rest of the flight.
At least she didn’t clip her nails on the flight, and flick one onto the passenger beside her. What would you do? I’d probably ask them to stop painting their nails. But someone who’s this antisocial seems just as likely to escalate a conflict as to resolve one. They’re already drinking. You can ask for the help of a flight attendant.
If there’s an empty seat on the aircraft, your best bet may be to move. That’s rare in first class. Ask a flight attendant first, and explain the reason for your move. But if there’s nowhere to move, nowhere to run, it’s another situation where you’re stuck next to someone inside of a metal tube where fate places you in an uncomfortable situation. That’s when I maybe get a little bit passive aggressive? How would you torture them back as revenge for their behavior?