In some more of its classic hard-hitting journalism, the Huffington Post yesterday gave us their list of 15 Annoying Airline Passengers.
Just guess what was on it.
The list was just full of offenders, like
- The Extremely Busy & Important
- The Talker
- The Kid
- The Certain You Find Him Attractive
- The Giant
- The Baby
And of course, the list included The Shoeless, along with the most offensive and biased picture they could think of.
Putting a bare foot up like that is just plain rude; simply being barefooted is not. Actually, putting a foot up there, shod or not, is just plain rude. And as I’ve noted before, people who denigrate barefootedness never seem to have a problem with flip-flops, which expose just as much of the foot.
But they did hint at a problem. Their accompanying description said
Flights are the perfect time to air these puppies out.
Well, yeah. But that’s a shoe problem. When you stuff a foot into a shoe for an extended time, expect the bacteria and fungi (and their odors) in there to multiply like mad. No wonder other people get upset when the shoes are taken off.
But shoelessness ought not be blamed. Put the blame squarely where it belongs.
Finally, one little encouraging sign. In the comments (161 as of this writing), not a one says anything on bare feet. So maybe most folks just don’t really see it as a real problem.