A passenger on board an American Airlines Airbus A321neo took off his shirt, took off his shoes, and snuggled into his aisle seat for flight. Wearing only shorts for his sleep, he nestled into the head rest and reached out across the aisle, bracing himself against the passenger’s seat on the other side of his row before closing his eyes for some much-needed rest.
— danbam (@realdanbam) December 8, 2023
American’s contract of carriage requires passengers to “dress appropriately” which specifically includes no bare feet.
- If this man wasn’t wearing shoes (or a shirt!) in the gate area, he shouldn’t have been permitted to board. But now that American only staffs gates with a single agent to do everything necessary to get a flight out on time, they’re distracted and can’t pay much attention to passenger attire (or whether passengers may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
- If he disrobed on board he should have been told to get dressed, or removed from the aircraft. But some cabin crew right now may just be ‘letting it ride’ unwilling to go out of their way, as contract talks drag on with their union – which has already asked the government for permission to strike. Some crew are getting frustrating that they’ve been told they cannot yet engage in a work stoppage.
My main reaction here is to point out that the man’s body is having direct contact with seats that don’t get cleaned as often as you think, and floors that don’t either. And also that this is a reminder that you don’t know who sat in the seat that hasn’t been cleaned before you.