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Passenger’s ‘disgusting’ behavior during flight sparks fury online

Is there a more conflicting part of the body than the foot? Some people hate feet and some people love them (as in, really love them), but according to nearly 45,000 Redditors, some feet are just plain boring.

While posting to the r/MildlyInfuriating subreddit on Tuesday, April 19, user u/_scenario_7 shared a photo of a stranger’s bare foot sticking out from under his chair (which you can see here).

Captioned “That asshole on my flight…”, the post received 44,500 upvotes and more than 5,500 comments from users bothered by the wandering toes of the passenger sitting behind.

Brilliant-Average654 said, “I would stomp this thing so fast.”

Businessman with hands on hand shouting in flight. The editors were shocked by the rude behavior of the passenger.
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Bikerbackpack commented, “Ahhhh I hate other people’s feet and can’t imagine!”

Some Redditors have suggested underhanded tactics to encourage the passenger to move their foot.

Yourafyouruse suggested an in-flight pedicure: “Paint the nails.”

Bones_Malone420 agreed, commenting, “I was going to say cut ’em off ’cause they look mean.”

Fishgrapplersc came up with a different strategy: “Go down and tickle him.”

Others weren’t so polite, with SPLICER55 advising the user to “pretend to sneeze and drop some water”.

Colton-Landsington’s idea can be called sexual harassment: “If you’re feeling particularly brave, lean in and stroke it.

“Then when they freak out, turn around and give them the scariest smile you can.”

Yungdab420’s proposition wasn’t much better: “Take off your shoes and socks and lock your toes with them. It’s the only way.”

According to the Federal Aviation Association, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in the number of nightmarish plane passengers, with 108 incidents of air rage in 2020. Although this is a drop from the 148 incidents From 2019, there were significantly fewer thefts in 2020, which means rabies occurrences have actually increased overall.

Between April 2021 and April 2022, there were 1,150 reports of unruly passengers with 744 incidents related to face mask mandates, which airline staff struggled to enforce. Between January and February 2022, 500 incidents were reported across US airlines, with some even reported to the FBI.

Comparatively speaking, a foot in your personal space isn’t the worst thing (though why they couldn’t wear shoes is unknown). In fact, some users felt sympathy for the leggy man and commented on how painful it can be for tall people on flights without adequate legroom.

Peanut_peanutbutter said: “Imagine the length of his legs so that his feet stick out from under your seat. I mean f***** with bare feet, but as a tall man I sympathize with the stretch.”

The axis agreed, commenting, “Like, disgusting as it is, I also feel for the knees of the giant mother f*****.

“Being tall on a plane sucks, that Goliath must be fucking miserable.”

Newsweek contacted u/_scenario_7 for comment.


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