It has been a few months since I last wrote about passenger etiquette, but my flight home from London this past week reminded me that some passengers lack any sense of etiquette regardless of the class of service they are seated in.
This past Tuesday as I got settled into seat 10J, in business class, on an American Airlines Boeing 777-223, for my flight home from London Heathrow Airport my seatmate proceeded to complain to the flight attendant that the seats did not meet his standards, inform them that the cabin was inferior to his preferred airlines, British Airways, and let them know he’d never be flying the airline again … and this is before we even pushed off the gate.
Following my seatmate’s brief interaction with the flight attendant he removed his shoes and placed his feet squarely on the back of the seat in front of him. The flight attendant quickly asked the man to put his feet down, but this happened at least six more times over the next hour. The flight attendant would walk away and a few minutes later my seatmate would have his stocking-feet back up on the seat in front of him.
A few hours into the flight my seatmate’s etiquette became an act of contortionism when he placed his seat into the bed position to take a nap. Somehow, and I still cannot figure out how, my seatmate managed to turn his body and get his feet on my seat.
Keep this in mind when you fly, your airline seat is not your living room, unless you own your own private aircraft, in which case you are free to do whatever you want. Your seat on the plane, while yours for the duration of the flight, is still in a public space. Think about those around you for a more pleasant flying experience.
In short, be considerate of those around you.
Below is a photo of my seatmate … and if he happens to spot this photo, one bit of advice you may want to pick up some Odor Eaters for your shoes.