Shocking Airplane Behavior!

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  1. CharlesG

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    Sorry for the over-the-top forum title, but I was really shocked by this... on the last two overnight flights I took, I noticed at least three people waiting in line to use the lavatories... with no shoes on! I mean, not only was I shocked, but I was grossed out! I don't even walk around the plane in my stocking feet, never mind barefoot... but the lavatories? Mid-flight?

    Are my sensitivities too delicate? Does anyone here do this? I'm still recovering from the memory!
     
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    What, no toenail clipping?:eek:
     
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    That would've been the topper-- I think I might have fainted!
     
  4. sobore
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    LOL! Give it time. We have toenail clipping, nail painting, feet on the bulk head and my personal favorite, dirty socks on the folding tray! :(
     
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    I have seen the feet on the bulkhead (gross!) and the socks on the tray (beyond the pale!), not to mention any of hundreds of little gross things done by little kids (but at least they have an excuse-- they're kids. Their parents? No excuse at all for not paying attention to them, but that's another thread!). I always wipe down my seating area whenever I get on a plane-- and that includes the tray table and magazine pouch. I don't care how crazy that makes me look!
     
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    There's a lesson to be learnt here. Don't lick your feet after going to the lavatory without any socks on.
     
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    The next time you see this, break a wine glass in the area. That will make most people put their shoes back on fast. Seriously, don't these people ever worry about broken glass from flights past? That risks injury instead of just grossing out other people.
     
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    The airplane has long since been converted into the public's living room. People do all sorts of things in their seats that would be better left at home.

    My most recent sighting? The man across the aisle from me in F on a flight to LAX decided that he was going to PLUCK HIS NOSE HAIRS BY HAND in the middle of the flight. I was so shocked I did that thing where you look at other people to confirm that something crazy is happening.
     
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    There was a rather sizable thread not long ago about the behavior of people with regards to shoes in the airplane. You'd be surprised what some people have seen, and what some people (even here) find acceptable/unacceptable. :)
     
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    No worse than a lot of places people wear flip-flops nowadays. I've seen some of the nastiest, blackest feet ever when I've been on a college campus. The grime and dirt must be built up from years of flip-flop wearing and I'm certain the stain is permanent.
     
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    really???:rolleyes:
     
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    It's truly amazing what people will do and wear in public. I always get a kick out of watching people at the airport and on the planes.
     
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    I can't remember who said it , but the line was that we are degenerating so far, that people will soon be weraing nothing but diapers on airplanes and in public. I personally think flip flops should be banned. I'm no GQ model when I get on plane, mind you, but the ridiculous outfits I have seen, especially on men are just disgusting.

    Remember when people wore suits to fly and to baseball games?
     
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    The feet on the bulkhead thing is really bad. I saw one guy do it prior to take off and UA brought on supervisors to get the guy to stop or get off the plane.
     
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    Honestly, somewhere along the line I must have become the easiest going person in the world. It's not that I don't notice what people are wearing or (for the most part) doing, it just doesn't affect my day.
     
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    For that matter, don't lick anyone's feet after they have gone to the lavatory. :)
     
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    Did they even have socks on?
     
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    Er, I take off my shoes and place my stocking feet on the floor in front of me. I'm just more comfortable. :oops:

    I can't remember the last time I wore stocking feet to the bathroom, but I do like to stand up frequently in my socks. I can't imagine that the aisle carpet is any cleaner than the bathroom floor; they can't mop it.

    My clothes are usually all going in the wash when I get home anyway.
     
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    This. My feet swell up in flight, so shoes are problematic on long flights. I don't generally take off my shoes unless the flight's at least 3 hours, though.
     
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    For those of you with delicate nature - urine is a sterile liquid. The same can't be said about what comes out where the spinal column ends. If avoid the brown stains and don't mind the yellow stains - you are safe ;)
     
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    I wear my Vibrams everywhere, including the airport/airplanes - and I love being barefoot - but you better believe I don't take them off during flight!

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    I'm sure there are times when it gets shampooed... If there's ever a turnaround time long enough for carpet shampooing to happen. Perhaps someone working in the industry could chime in on this.

    I have a pair of those (use them for running), but they're pretty uncomfortable when worn for long periods aren't they?
     
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    Have you ever tried wearing compression socks?
     
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    The only times I wear a suit are to work, a job interview, or a funeral.
     
  25. Aktchi
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    In most domestic flights short of a transcon, I wouldn't bother. However, I often fly 8-16 hr international flights (US to Europe, Japan, or Inida). In those I would take off my shoes and switch to the flip-flops I keep in the carry-on just for walking around in cabin or visiting lavs.
     
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