Before airline deregulation airfare was so expensive that most people couldn’t afford to fly. Now anyone who can buy a ticket is allowed on buses in the sky. There’s no decency requirement, and there shouldn’t be. But that doesn’t make all passenger behavior ok.
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.
But maybe the absolute worst is bare feet, clipping toenails at your seat during the flight. And instead of collecting the clippings, you just flick them off, and one lands on your seat opponent?
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What would you do? I admit this one has me a little bit flummoxed. When they started clipping their nails next to me, I’d probably ask them to stop. But someone who’s this antisocial seems just as likely to escalate a conflict as to resolve one. Some responses to the video suggest seeking the help of a flight attendant, and you can do that, some might ask the passenger to stop just like you would. Then the flight attendant leaves, if the passenger doesn’t stop and you seek the flight attendant’s help again (they probably get annoyed with you at this point) then the crewmember might have additional words over your seat opponent’s failure to follow their instructions. Maybe this escalation gets them to stop while you sit next to them for the rest of the flight.
If there’s an empty seat on the aircraft, your best bet may be to move. Ask a flight attendant first, and explain it’s for hygiene. 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.
The alternative is a passive aggressive response. This is not recommended. But how would you torture them back as revenge for their behavior?