I had read before about someone being kicked off a United flight
for being barefoot. I usually carry some sort of shoe when I
travel anyway, but it was pretty important this time. This
exchange happened after I was already in my seat, buckled in,
and ready to go...
attendant: you need to wear shoes ... do you have anything?
me: I have flip flops in my bag.
It seemed apparent from her demeaner that I wouldn't be able to
stay on the plane without shoes. I get up out of my seat and
get them out of the overhead bin. I guess noticing that I'm
irritated at this exchange the attendant continues our
attendant: It's for safety reasons.
me: You're not doing it for MY safety.
attendant: We just want to make everyone happy.
me: Except ME.
attendant: Oh, it can't be that big of a deal.
I could think of quite a few things to say at this point but I
keep my mouth shut. Later on the flight I appreciated having
something on the floor for my feet to play with - practiced
picking them up and flipping them over with my toes. Never did
actually put them on my feet.
I've been going barefoot in the airport for a long time and have
spent a lot of time in Portland, Denver, and now the Chicago
airport. I'm happy to report that no one cares about anyone
being barefoot in the airport itself. Surprisingly no one even
makes the usual comments, probably because they are so stressed
about where they are going. When my flight is delayed, like it
was yesterday, I just hike the entire length of the airport to
pass the time. Probably went around 8 miles going back and
forth through all the terminals in Chicago Ohare yesterday.
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