Rude and ridiculous passengers on planes
Flying to your destination used to be reserved for the rich and famous, now everyone, including the trouserless can enjoy the convenience of flight.
Air travel is stressful enough without the irritating habits of other passengers. They fart, burp, snore, cough, loiter in the aisle, yank themselves upright using your headrest and indulge in smalltalk when you're clearly trying to enjoy a novel. But at least they keep their trousers on, right?
Actually, no. Next time you think you've been lumped with the fellow flier from hell, spare a thought for Kumail Nanjiani. On a flight last week the Pakistani-American stand-up comedian found himself sat alongside a gentleman who deemed it acceptable to remove his jeans at 35,000 feet and lounge around in his boxer shorts for the duration of the flight.
Tweet storm. I was on a plane a couple of days ago. A guy took off his jeans & lounged around in his boxers with his feet up on the wall. pic.twitter.com/CHcsWXnlNB— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
The man didn't just sit still, trying not to be noticed. He thrust his bare legs as high as they would go as if determined for all on board to witness his recklessness. Naturally, Nanjiani was incensed – as his incredulous tweets demonstrate.
Surely the cabin crew would intervene? After four hours, they tried.
After 4 hours, a flight attendant finally said "Could you please put your feet down? People are walking through here." 40 second stare down.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
But the man would not be defeated. "5 mins go by & he thrusts one foot back up like a fist raised against an unjust sky," quipped Nanjiani.
5 mins go by & he thrusts one foot back up like a fist raised against an unjust sky. pic.twitter.com/HsYGAK6TO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
It wasn't just the lack of trousers that caused consternation. He was, according to the comic, rude to the cabin crew:
This guy was rude to the staff the entire time. If he didn't get the flight attendant's attention, he would slam his fist on the armrest.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
He got in the way of wheelchair users trying to board the plane:
Before boarding, he stood right at the gate 30 mins early. Wheelchairs went around him. "I can't wait to get in there & get my pants off!"— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
And ignored the seatbelt signs when he finally decided it was time to get dressed:
Descending. No jeans. Right before landing, he stands in the aisle, in defiance of decency & lighted seatbelt signs. He puts on his jeans. pic.twitter.com/s2pa4draEJ— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
The most worrying part? He'll never learn his lesson.
He walks off the plane. No police is waiting for him. No justice. He adjusts his belt, and the monster blends into a crowd.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016
The Telegraph, London