From walking barefoot to smoking on the plane: the worst things you can do as a passenger
From travelers painting their nails on flights to defecating on the floor at 35,000 feet. These are some of the most egregious violations of etiquette at altitude.
Previously, there were few passengers who misbehaved during air travel, but today the list of travelers' misdeeds at altitude is getting longer. And while ten years ago, bad behavior could only be judged by your fellow passengers, today's offenses can be filmed, uploaded, and shared on the Internet via social media. Thus, some videos of the worst offenses were published on independent.co.
In addition to the worst offenses, such as being drunk and starting a fistfight, racist insults, or even assaulting crew members, there are numerous examples of questionable behavior by travelers.
Long-haired passengers who throw their locks over the back of the seat are a source of frustration, especially if it happens repeatedly during the same trip.
Recent culprits include presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was accused of demonstrating "disgusting" behavior by entering an airplane lavatory barefoot.
Justin Haskins, executive editor of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com, boasted about his recent first-class trip when a man he thought was Mr. Kennedy sat in front of him.
"When he goes to the bathroom, I realize that the guy has no shoes and no socks, and the floor is covered with food, like disgusting food," he recalls.
The smallest passengers
The behavior of the smallest airline passengers is also sometimes surprising. A girl says that during a girls' flight to Croatia, my friends and I had the misfortune of sitting in front of a row of small children who intended to push the backs of our seats. Their mothers' careful parenting techniques to curb the unwanted back massage did not affect the future football players during the two-hour and 20-minute journey.
Recently, a woman was called out online for painting her nails during a flight. A fellow traveler took a picture of the unnamed traveler applying nail polish and also criticized her for allegedly bringing her beer on the plane.
In December 2022, a video of a man trying to light a cigarette on an American Airlines flight went viral after a fellow passenger shared it online. The video showed the man, who was sitting a few seats away, pulling out a lighter and lighting a cigarette before the footage stopped.
In October, easyJet was forced to cancel a flight because a passenger urinated on the toilet floor. Angry passengers were forced to spend an extra night in Tenerife after the flight to London Gatwick was rescheduled.