Disgust as Man Keeps Touching Plane Passenger With His Bare Feet: 'Trashy'

The internet shared their disgust after a man on a plane detailed how the passenger behind him was barefoot and encroaching upon his space.

Reddit user u/LeetTT-_- shared the picture Tuesday, along with the caption: "Was traveling on Ryanair and this guy kept touching me with his f**king bare feet."

With more than 18,000 upvotes and thousands of comments, the internet has shared their disgust at the passenger's feet.

Travel company Expedia surveyed 18,229 people across 23 countries about airplane etiquette and found that more than 90 percent of people said that being barefoot during a flight is not acceptable, with 74 percent saying that they always keep both their shoes and socks on during a flight.

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A stock image of bare feet on an airplane. The internet has been left disgusted after a man shared how he sat near a man who took off his shoes and socks on a recent flight. redonion1515/Getty Images

Other things that passengers said were not appropriate on a flight included talking to the person sitting next to you; 77 percent said that they dread sitting next to someone who talks too much. Pet peeves also included kicking the seat in front of you and having a baby who cries nonstop.

The Redditor shared the picture of the in-flight experience on Reddit's r/Trashy forum, a space that describes itself as a place for: "Trashy stories, trashy glamour, all things fake, plastic, and downright trashy, low-class, no-class, white trash."

"Step on his toes," suggested one commenter on the viral post, while another Redditor wrote: "Eat something or drink something and make sure it falls on his feet."

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The internet shared their disgust after a man on a plane detailed how the passenger behind him was barefoot. In this photo shared by Reddit user u/LeetTT-_- on Tuesday, his fellow passenger's bare foot can be seen poking out from beneath his seat.

Another commenter said: "[I] don't get why people put up with s**t like this."

In a followup comment, the poster wrote: "I stomped this foot after the foto because I thought it was pretty trashy you see."

But there is some evidence that travelers have actually become less considerate in recent years. A recent survey of 1,000 Americans found that 45 percent think that travelers are less self-aware and ruder now than they were before 2020.

While 9 in 10 do say it is unacceptable to take off your shoes and socks while flying, a staggering 59 percent said it would be OK to wear pajamas for a flight. Meanwhile, 94 percent said it's acceptable to bring smelly food onto an airplane.

"Was he purposely doing it for creepy reasons or was he just being oblivious and gross?" asked one commenter.

Another reply on the viral post said: "Ew. I'd kick them back," to which the poster replied: "I did, I did."

While some airline behavior—like deciding to go barefoot—seems to create a pretty clear reaction, other plane faux pas can produce more divided opinions. For example, a man recently complained about the woman sitting in front of him on a flight hanging her hair over the back of the seat.

Many commenters agreed that it was "disgusting," and others said: "I would ask her to please take her hair off your side of the chair."

But others felt the reaction was unfair. "What is so gross about hair to people? I get that it's rude to ignorantly encroach on someone's personal space, but I don't understand why people are so grossed out by hair?" said another response.

Newsweek reached out to u/LeetTT-_- for comment. We were unable to verify the details of this case.

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