United once made the social media mistake of saying women could be denied boarding for wearing yoga pants. And United diverted a flight and arrested a passenger who refused to stop doing yoga. So airlines haven’t always been ‘yoga friendly’.
However my wife once did her yoga while we were flying ANA first class, as the only passengers in the cabin, Chicago – Tokyo. And goodness knows the Etihad First Apartment has enough space for a yoga practice in a pinch. I think doing this in private is key.
But you don’t often see passengers bust out the yoga in front of the rest of the flight — except when Southwest Airlines offers inflight yoga classes.
This stunt was pretty epic, but I don’t think I’d want to be the passenger laying on the ground in the back of economy and right outside the lavatory. The passenger laying on the ground in the cabin is barefoot as well.
As Jason Lee said to Ben Affleck in Chasing Amy, at that point the passenger was probably “more crudded up than the monkey in Outbreak.”
Another video of inflight yoga is going viral and discussion centers around whether or not it’s appropriate on a plane. (HT: Ryan Boyd)
Dressed for the occasion in patterned yoga pants and wearing headphones, Kay seems unaffected by those around her as she goes through the moves.
Several commenters who spotted the video on Facebook and YouTube quickly denounced her actions, saying that they would not want to see this happening in a public space, reports The Sun.
“No. There should be rules against this stuff,” one person commented. “Nobody needs to see people flailing about on planes, this is not ur living room.”
“I’m torn, because on one hand this feels obnoxious and attention seeking, but on the other hand I totally get the need to stretch because flights are stupidly cramped,” added another.
Yoga Instructor Kate Kay felt she needed to stretch after heading off on an early flight. I think there are several ways we can look at this.
- It’s free entertainment for the rest of the plane. American Airlines is moving away from seat back video screens, anything to pass the time in coach becomes more important.
- It’s important not to obstruct the aisle or block service or the lavatories. So mindfulness is the key to appropriateness.
- However if everyone did this it would present a problem. So is it first come first served, or a categorical imperative? Should one coach passenger be able to do something that every passenger could not?
Ultimately I think as long as passengers follow flight crew instructions, don’t obstruct other passengers, and are good at it then it’s fine for one passenger — first come first served — to practice yoga in the aisle. Violate any of these conditions and it becomes a problem, and potential flight diversion, and a matter for law enforcement that ends possibly dragging the yogi down the aisle (in an epic ‘assist’).