A PASSENGER has revealed how she was yelled at by the woman next to her for taking her shoes off on a flight.
While heading to a concert abroad, the person only travelled with a small carry on backpack, not leaving them with enough room to pack the footwear they specifically wanted for the gig – a pair of knee-high Dr Marten boots.
However, instead of sitting uncomfortably in the shoes on the plane, the passenger took them off and packed them underneath their seat for the flight.
This did not sit well with the person they were sitting next to, who shouted at her and even complained to the flight attendants.
The passenger felt like they had done nothing wrong, so reached out to Reddit to see if other people agreed.
They wrote: "Recently, I travelled to another country to attend a metal concert.
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"I only had a carry on with me but I wanted to wear my knee-high Doc Martens which are heavy and big and wouldn’t fit in my carry on.
"I also didn’t fancy sitting in them for the duration of the flight in a small space. So I made sure they don’t smell, preventatively sprayed them with shoe spray before I left home.
"When I sat down in my seat, I took my shoes off and put them under my legs, they weren’t bothering anyone.
"A lady was about to sit next to me and she saw that I didn’t have shoes on and she freaked out, called me disgusting, etc.
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"She called the stewardess who told her there was nothing she could do because I wasn’t breaking any rules."
The woman wouldn't give up with her complaints and even filmed the passenger at one point, while also shouting at her.
However, after consulting with their friends, the passenger realised they might have been in the wrong.
She continued: "The lady was huffing and puffing all throughout the flight. She also filmed me when she was berating me.
"I told my friends about this and they’re kind of divided. Some agree with me and some say it’s kind of gross and I could’ve been more accommodating and put my shoes on.
"Should I have taken my shoes off?"
The passenger received a lot of support online from other people, who either said it wasn't an issue, or that she had done enough to make sure her shoes weren't offensive to others.
One wrote: "I don’t think I’ve ever been on a flight where people don’t take their shoes off. Seems to be very common. This whole thing is weird."
Another said: "You described your very reasonable prep and clean socks, and I absolutely get that 'I can't pack these boots I'll have to wear them' vibe."
A third added: "If your shoes/feet don’t stink, they are in your own space, what’s the harm?? I hope you rocked those boots afterwards!"
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