After a long day of flying yesterday, I just wanted to get home. I had one flight left: San Francisco to Burbank on United Express. The flight wasn’t full, in fact it was less than half full, and I settled back in exit row eight (another CRJ flight operated by SkyWest) and opened up my book as other passengers boarded the plane.
I had been up for many hours and soon my eyes became heavy and I closed my book, shut my eyes, and leaned back. To my left, I heard some rustling. I looked over and saw that a "seat poacher" had taken 8B (telling his wife in row 10, "I’ll sit here instead."). Whatever, I thought.
Again I closed my eyes and leaned back. Then suddenly it hit me. The worst smell ever. Rotting corpse + spoiled eggs + curled milk on steroids. Ughh…. What was it?
I turned to my new seatmate across the aisle and ascertained immediately where it was coming from: his feet. He was wearing sandals and the smell was magnitudes worse than the normal stinky airline smells of re-circulated air or flatulence. I scooted over to the window seat and pulled my shirt over my nose.
The FA must have noticed it too because when she came by to verify that we would help in case of an emergency: the look on her face was priceless. I hope she knew it wasn’t me!
So here’s my question: why do people wear sandals and flip-flops on airlines? Are they that comfortable? It is to make TSA screening easier? To look hip?
I realize most people don’t have podiatry problems like "Buster" did, but don’t your feet get cold and stepped on 30K feet above the ground.
Even as a Angeleno, I can’t see the utility in wearing sandals or flip-flops. It’s always shoes and socks for me…