An airline passenger’s unique and rather unhygienic method for browsing the in-flight entertainment system has left their fellow flyers - and Twitter - feeling queasy.
Instead of using their hands - or the remote for that matter - an anonymous flyer was filmed using his bare feet to swipe through the film options.
A fellow passenger filmed the unusual technique and sent it to their friend, New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke, who tweeted the clip on Tuesday.
She included the caption, “My friend who doesn’t have Twitter sent this from her flight. It belongs on Twitter.”
Dare to bare
Alafair added, “The photographer confirms that she saw him walk on and off the plane, carrying his own bag. He just likes to watch TV with his bare feet.”
The post soon went viral garnering over 27,000 retweets 133,000 likes with a number of social media users understandably disturbed.
“Just another confirmation of how disgusting people are,” one wrote.
Another commented, “Y’all don’t bathe your feet so this is violence.”
Just another confirmation of how disgusting people are.— irwin (@IrwinFletcher72) July 16, 2019
Everyone: “YOU CANT CALL THE COPS, WE’RE IN THE SKY!”— X (@XLNB) July 15, 2019
Me, regardless: pic.twitter.com/ScKl9Yyaeb
Y’ALL DON’T BATHE YOUR FEET SO THIS IS VIOLENCE pic.twitter.com/nx8tHhwME0— K.Elizabeth AKA Cleopatra Jones Jr. (@theKelizabeth82) July 16, 2019
Clean that screen
Others meanwhile, used the now-viral clip to further demonstrate why they carry out a serious cleaning routine before takeoff.
“This is why my wife wipes down everything down at her seat,” one commented. “Including the screen!”
“Next flight, I will bring a small clorox + febreeze + lyson wipes, all 3 on 1, to clean that screen,” a second user vowed. “I don't care if it's not the same seat number or the screen is on the top of the seat.”
This is why my wife wipes everything down at her seat. Including the screen!— Fergz (@valorousman) July 16, 2019
This comports with a general philosophy I have always held. I never knew how to define it, but now I see the way is: always assume the person in first class before you used their big toe to browse the movie selection.— J.A. WALSH (@JAWALSH_BOOKS) July 15, 2019
Next flight, I will bring a small clorox+febreeze+ lyson wipes, all 3 on 1, to clean tha screen. I don't care if it's not the same seat number or the screen is on the top of the seat. 🤢— Humberto Contasta (@HContasta) July 16, 2019
But one Twitter user had to admit that the passenger’s ability to choose a film using solely their feet was rather impressive - suggesting that they may have in fact done it on previous flights.
“He is clearly practiced at this too, look how adept he is,” they commented.
He is clearly practiced at this too, look at how adept he is.— Erin Leslie Baer (@ebaer2) July 16, 2019
Though we’re not necessarily safe from germs even if we do ban fellow passengers from whipping off their socks mid-flight, as one Twitter user reminded us, our hands aren’t exactly much cleaner.
You fools, you nincompoops, for believing their fingers are any more sanitary than their feet. This human being was just in an Airport, nothing about them is clean— Kyle 🌱 (@KylePlantEmoji) July 16, 2019
“You fools, you nincompoops, for believing our fingers are more sanitary than their feet,” he wrote. “This human being was just in an airport, nothing about them is clean.”
Yep, we may not bother going on holiday ever again...
Additional reporting by Danielle Fowler.
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