By Andrea Romano
August 01, 2019
Airplane Seating
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Between people doing push-ups in the aisles, taking off their shoes, and using their bare feet to use the in-flight entertainment (weird, but true), it seems like plane etiquette isn’t exactly common knowledge.

This is also true when it comes to sleeping on planes.

According to an Instagram post from the account Passenger Shaming, some people have zero qualms with not only taking off their footwear in flight, but also spreading out on a plane’s floor in order to get some shut-eye.

The post from July 30 reads with the caption, “QUESTION: Would you ever lay on the floor of an airplane? #mondaymood...(but in other news, dude seems awfully chivalrous!)”

The photo shows a man (presumably) stretched out on a row of seats while a woman (again, presumably) sleeps on the floor underneath. At least no one was sprawled out in the aisle.

Still, many commenters on the post were not amused. If anything, they were possibly downright disgusted with the two passengers’ sleeping arrangements. The floor of an airplane isn’t exactly the most hygienic place to lay your head, considering that a number of germs can be hanging out down there from people setting down bags, personal items, and, of course, their feet – with or without shoes.

“Just think his face is on the floor where people have been putting their feet and dirty diapers,” said one commenter. “I don't even like putting my feet with socks [on] the floor,” said another.

Others softly defended the two anonymous passengers.

One commenter wrote, “Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve never slept on an airplane floor but I’ve definitely slept on the floor of the airport.” Another said, “Been there, done that...only with a blanket though. I’m impressed with the amount of legroom on this flight more than anything!”

It stands to reason that if you don’t want dirty looks next time you fly, you probably shouldn’t sleep like this on your plane. However, there are good ways to get some sleep while you’re in the air, including finding a good seat and a quality neck pillow.