On Thursday’s American Airlines flight 754 from Philadelphia to Paris a passenger snapped a photo of a man on board in economy, shoes off and feet in the air, draped over the seat in front of him.
Bare feet on a plane is such an awful thing to do to the rest of the passengers in the cabin that a passenger with smelly feet once drove another so nuts that he got stabbed on arrival in the parking lot.
A United Airlines flight attendant reportedly once offered a passenger a $1000 voucher to take their feet off the tray table. I’m confident this was a bluff, that the airline wouldn’t have made good. But they were trying to creatively solve the problem.
The American Airlines passenger, though, complained that flight attendants didn’t do anything about Feet in The Air Man. They took to social media to show what was happening.
— 🇺🇦Jennifer🌻 (@harbsfamily) August 5, 2022
And American Airlines responded – appearing to excuse the behavior! After all, “everyone’s trying to stay comfy” in the back of that Boeing 787.
Everyone's trying to stay comfy on those long hauls. We've shared the info with our internal department.
— americanair (@AmericanAir) August 5, 2022
I suppose I have 5 reactions to this.
- 9 seats across in coach on a Boeing 787 is pretty rough, anything to make that bearable across The Pond – even bare feet?
- And that passenger is departing Philadelphia…
- But shouldn’t you have more couth headed to Paris of all places?
- And it’s also rough on the people around you! They’re stuck in the coach seats and you’ve got your bare feet in the air? That seems about the only way to making things worse than they already are.
- American Airlines used to call their entertainment and internet options on board a “living room experience” but that was suppose to refer to their domestic aircraft with high speed internet, not these widebodies that still have seat back TVs.
It’s never appropriate to show male feet outside of your close circle of contacts. It’s certainly not appropriate on an airplane, where you’re all stuck together inside of a metal tube and where you’re likely invading on someone else’s space. Staying comfy is great as long as it doesn’t take away from the comfort of another passenger.