Plane Passenger Using Bare Foot to Close Window Blind Sickens Internet

A video of a bare foot shutting the blind of a plane window during a Southwest Airlines flight has gone viral on TikTok.

The short clip, which had 1.7 million likes at the time of this writing, was shared with a caption that read: "THIS IS NOT HAPPENING [crying, laughing emojis] @Southwest Airlines HELP."

The video shows a foot poking out from the side of a passenger seat before it reaches toward the window of the seat behind it.

Using its toes, the foot slides the window blind down before stretching forward toward the armrest of the seat next to the window. The video then pans to a giggling neighboring passenger before the foot is later seen moving back toward its seat.

Americans were reported to have a "world-leading dislike" (78 percent of those surveyed) for passengers going barefoot on a plane, according to a 2019 Airplane and Hotel Etiquette Study. The study was conducted on behalf of travel-booking website Expedia and involved 18,237 respondents across 23 countries,

Anxieties about health and hygiene were "presumably" the reasons for this extreme dislike, with "the Germ Spreader" being the top most annoying type of flight passenger for Americans, the study said.


THIS IS NOT HAPPENING 😭😭 @Southwest Airlines HELP

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Below are the top five most annoying flight passengers for Americans, according to the 2019 Expedia study:

  • The Germ Spreader (40 percent of Americans)
  • The Seat Kicker/Bumper/Grabber (36 percent)
  • The Drunk Passenger (35 percent
  • The Aromatic Passenger (32 percent)
  • The Inattentive Parent (30 percent)

The study also showed that "Americans are some of the kindest and most considerate travelers in the world," ranking above the global average in terms of "performing courtesies or acts of kindness for fellow travelers."

Feet on back of plane passenger seat.
A video of a foot closing the blind of a plane window has gone viral on TikTok. Above, bare feet placed against a food tray on the back of a plane's passenger seat. iStock/Getty Images Plus

The viral TikTok post amused and confused, as well as shocked, users on the video-sharing platform.

In a comment that got over 124,400 likes at the time of this writing, user Kimy wrote: "That literally better be someone you know [upside-down smiley face emoji]," to which the original poster replied: "why would someone I know do this [crying, laughing emojis.] In public I would cry," in a comment that got 88,000 likes.

In a comment that got 11,100 likes, Rey wrote: "How can u recover from that [frowning face emoji]."

User Leah@uzmiesss wrote: "i'd be sick," while user ♥︎✌︎︎heyyy✌︎︎♥︎シ said: "NOOO PLEASE IM EATING [crying floods of tears emoji]."

User Kanoa said: "im already sobbing from this and it didnt even happen to me," while pimneappler wrote: "id be actually scream crying [crying floods of tears emojis]."

Some users were not convinced that the incident was real.

In a comment that got 117,900 likes, user Violet said: "I can't tell if this is a joke or not [crying floods of tears emoji] closing the window is one thing but why is it reaching for you."

User Nicholas Smith said: "i refuse to believe this is real" in a comment that got 419 likes.

Newsweek contacted the original poster for comment.