On Thanksgiving Day Janelle Elise Flom posted a video to TikTok of a woman tossing her hair over the back of her airplane seat and over the screen of the person sitting behind her. The video has been viewed over 107 million times because the passenger seated behind her takes matters into her own hands, vigilante style.
First the passenger throws the woman’s hair back back over the seat back. Now they’re in a game of tit-for-tat, and the hair gets tossed right back. And that’s when things get out of control, as the passenger whose space is invaded by hair sticks chewing gum into the hair. Then she cut off some of the hair using nail clippers. And sticks a lollipop into the hair. And dips the hair in coffee.
The video has been liked nearly 11 million times. You can see a flight attendant walk by, but doesn’t stop to intervene.
And my take is,
- Situations like this do happen
- But I’d bet this one is staged
It just so happens it’s caught on video and shared by a power TikToker? And the passenger sitting behind the hair just so happens to have the tools to clip the hair, and not just gum but a lollipop? The odds of this all working out seem low. Still, it speaks to something we all feel sitting in the confined space of an economy cabin when another passenger violates norms and invades our limited space, captured by the comment “I fully support their actions.”
A passenger hanging their hair over their seat back, in front of the passenger (and their TV screen, if not flying American) behind them always creates a social media stir. And it immediately prompts fiendish dreams of cutting off the passenger’s hair with a pair of scissors.
Congrats to the ponytailed young woman in seat 22B. You've invented a whole new way to be awful at 35,000 feet. pic.twitter.com/VWTPMI5JrM
— Dante Ramos (@danteramos) March 29, 2016
At the very least the takeaway here is always bring nail clippers, gum and a lollipop.. just in case.