Kids on planes can be a contentious issue at the best of times, whether that be rightly or wrongly, with childless travelers often finding them agitating.
Recently, the story of one passenger refusing to move from her seat after a parent asked her. The viral TikTok racked up over 3.5 million views, and debate sided firmly with the poster, who “paid full fare” for her first class seat.
However, the latest viral ‘family on a plane’ story has even the most accommodating adults outraged, with one person commenting: “Deserved every bit and more.”
Travel Instagram accounts Passenger Shaming and Life’s a Trip with SK are known for sharing a variety of clips of life up in the air, from people’s gross habits through to their adorable interactions.
However, one of their most successful clips has to be from the aftermath of a mild fashion disaster.
The short video shows passenger Julie Valentine filming her foot, clad in a not-so-white-anymore sock. It appears to be covered in a child’s doodles in purple and blue pen as she was resting it on the armchair of the seat in front.
At the end of the clip, she moves her foot away and clutches it. Over the top of the video, she writes that she “woke up to some random kid drawing on [her] white socks.”
The post’s caption reads: “WHAT WOULD YOU DO? …if you woke up to an art project on your feet?
“We are often asked about wearing socks on planes, and we are 100 percent okay with it… IF they are clean, don’t smell, and stay in your own space and not propped on various parts of the aircraft. If you’ve ever flown first or business class you’ve probably been given a pair of socks or slippers, so it’s definitely a thing.
“Oh, and never ever ever everrrrrr go to the lavatory without wearing shoes, because the liquid on the floor is NOT WATER.”
Unsurprisingly, the clip has created a lot of buzz in the comments section. Most are arguing that Valentine should have been wearing shoes in the first place, and that to have just socks on in a public environment is rather gross.
“So wait… [Their] feet were up in the space of the seat in front and a kid colored on them? Hah. Good on that kid,” one said.
“Your feet were in their space it became their paper,” another wrote.
A third found the whole thing rather cute: “This is adorable. Can you match the other sock for me too, please?”
A fourth took umbridge with the sock issue: “Keep your socks inside of your shoes. This is public transportation, not your personal spa day.”
Another commenter imagined what he would have done if the sock had been on his own feet: “I’d laugh! They’re socks, and it kept a kid happy for at least a few minutes. I might say something to the parent(s) just to let them know their kid is doing that, but it would be no big deal.”