Airplane toilet ‘rough’ behavior divides the internet
There are a few airplane etiquette issues that have left the internet with a cleft lip lately. First there was the slammertime, where business class passengers defied skulls of champagne flutes like vikings (pampered), then there was the window shading door, where an American man and woman fought bitterly (verbally) for control of a shared space, and then there was this mid-flight yoga controversy, where a woman’s brazen act sparked outrage among other passengers.
And who could forget the moment a Spirit Airlines passenger lit up on a flight, sparking an uproar?
Adding to this eccentric corner of aviation literature is yet another question than the Cape Town-based model Jess lee buchanan last night posed on Instagram.
“Your uncomfortable nighttime question,” Buchanan wrote.
“Are you going to the toilet on the plane with your socks on?” “
The obvious answer? You wear your thick, complimentary socks that the airline gives you at the start of the flight, and then throw them away at the end. Law? Wrong.
Apparently, what the majority of people do, judging by the Buchanan poll, is put on their shoes.
16% said they went in socks and 84% of respondents chose “shoes”.
Well tie me up and push me with Adidas. Maybe I should eat my hat. I never would have expected this.
The internet is a strange place. And the airplane toilets are full of
terrors germs. So maybe that makes sense. But still: what an effort.
Our opinion ? You should never go to the bathroom on an airplane barefoot, both because it’s rude to you and rude to your fellow travelers, who need to see and smell your feet when you walk down the aisle.
However, if you don’t find it gross, there is no reason not to wear socks. Socks are the perfect halfway point – the perfect compromise.
A JetStar survey, to which more than 20,000 Jetstar travelers responded, found that most are outraged at the idea of being “footless and fancy” at the airport.
The survey found that only 6% of Australians and 9% of Japanese think it is okay not to wear shoes (New Zealanders were more tolerant, 12% thinking it was okay).
The investigation concluded: “It is almost unanimous – it is not acceptable to travel barefoot on an airplane or at the airport.
There is a caveat though. The socks are soft. Zarife Hardy, principal of the Australian School of Etiquette, told Jetstar that it is okay to remove your shoes once you are on the flight, if it is a long-haul flight.
“When traveling overseas, wait until the plane is in the air – and bring light socks or slippers to wear,” she told Jetstar, adding that it was not. not the best idea to walk barefoot on the plane, both for aesthetic and hygienic reasons.
“If everyone maintains a pleasant level of respect, dress and personal space, then we all arrive happily at the final destination!”
Other good advice comes from The guy at the points, who writes: “If you know odors are a problem, prepare well in advance by using shoe deodorant powders or even baking soda and drying sheets inside your shoes to soothe the smell.
“And if you want to get on board without shoes, consider replacing your socks with a clean pair beforehand in the privacy of an airport washroom.”
Here is. Your guide to wearing socks to the bathroom on a flight.
Oh and as a cheeky bonus check out the video below by the former flight attendant Kat Kamalani, if you want to know how to get “guaranteed” special treatment from flight attendants the next time you travel.