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Maybe I’ll Never Touch An In-Flight Magazine Ever Again

Maybe I’ll Never Touch An In-Flight Magazine Ever Again
Meg Butler

Can I be very honest with everyone? I hate feet. I’m fine if they are in a shoe or even a sandal and on the floor where they belong. But loose, nude feet in public really give me the willies. That goes double when those feet are perched somewhere that they don’t belong, like on the screen of the IFE or an armrest or where this passenger decided it was totally cool to put their feet:

Source: passengershaming/Instagram/Heather Kaplanek

To be clear, I know that a magazine that’s handled by dozens of passengers a day is clean. But, until just his moment, I was naive enough to assume that, whatever happened to these magazines, no one was rubbing their bare, moist, travel-worn feet all over them. Today is the day that I discovered that I was wrong.

And of all of the stray feet I’ve seen and written about, this one bugs me the most. I have several colleagues who write for in-flight magazines. Some of them even write for us here. And opening up the issue in front of me to see the names I recognized used to be part of my in-flight routine. But not anymore. From now on, I’ll be reading digital versions of their work.


[Main Image Source: Wikimedia Commons]

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  1. mmcdowell

    August 19, 2019 at 10:27 am

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  2. am1108

    August 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t understand why people put their feet on the seatbacks, walls, etc … The plane is not your house, it’s not a place to do yoga, its not a gym….

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