In a classic case of airborne etiquette gone wrong, a passenger took matters into their own hands when faced with a fellow traveler’s offensive foot odor by ingeniously pouring their beverage on the offending toes, successfully deterring the intrusion.
Bringing Out the Worst in People
As we all know, air travel has a knack for bringing out the worst in people, with high-stress situations and cramped spaces amplifying tensions that might not arise in other public scenarios.
The Madness of Flying
From the chaos of rushing through airports, managing luggage, enduring TSA screenings that make you question your life choices.
Cope With The Madness
And then being astounded by the exorbitant prices of snacks, it’s no wonder that some passengers resort to desperate measures like chugging an $18 beer at 9 am just to cope with the madness.
You Never Know What Kind of Person You’ll Be Sitting Next To
Consequently, it’s not uncommon to witness a few individuals unraveling during their time in the sky, whether due to too many drinks or other peculiar behaviors that seem out of character.
Invading Personal Space
One such behavior is the audacious act of slipping off one’s shoes and invading a stranger’s personal space with bare or socked feet, as TikToker @danielgreen2426 (Daniel) discovered when a passenger behind them shamelessly violated this unspoken rule during a flight.
He Has a Solution for Her Smelly Feet
In the video, Daniel playfully hovers a can of what appears to be a refreshing beverage over the intruder’s foot.
Spill That Onto The Stubborn Foot
A few drops spill onto the foot, causing a slight wriggle, but it stubbornly remains in the forbidden zone.
He Keeps Pouring Soda on Her Feet
Not one to back down, Daniel proceeds to pour even more soda onto the foot, finally sending it back to its rightful territory.
Kept Putting Her Smelly Feet Under Me
Accompanying the video is a text overlay stating, “Woman on the plane behind me kept putting her smelly feet under me….. she then stopped.”
Airplanes Don’t Get Sanitized Between Flights
According to Travel + Leisure, removing one’s shoes onboard an airplane is generally frowned upon for several reasons, beyond the obvious discomfort it causes fellow passengers.
Airline Cleaning Protocols
One major concern is airline cleaning protocols, which typically only address visible debris and stains between flights.
Deep Cleaning & Proper Disinfection
Deep cleaning, which includes proper disinfection, is performed less frequently, usually every four to six weeks.
The Germs Are Everywhere
This means that when you kick off your shoes, you may unwittingly expose your feet to surfaces that have witnessed toddler tantrums or the aftermath of someone’s Vegas-induced “what happens here, stays here” moment.
Also In Airplane Restroom
The same applies to airplane restrooms, where you may have encountered fellow travelers casually strutting in without their footwear or wearing open-toed sandals.
Do You Take Your Shoes Off on a Flight?
While The Points Guy argues that in certain circumstances, such as longer flights, it may be acceptable for passengers to remove their shoes, they acknowledge that cultural considerations might come into play.
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