This Passenger Took Off His Pants Before an Air France Flight
No shoes, no pants, but you can still get service.
A passenger on board a Monday flight from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle to Los Angeles International was photographed standing up, taking off his shoes and pants and then sitting back down — all before takeoff.
The man, who took his pants off in the plane bathroom, sauntered around the cabin in a pair of blue checked boxers. And then, in order to make the flight even more comfortable, also took his socks off.
The scene was captured and posted to Twitter by fellow passenger Lizzie Thompson. As she noticed the scene she tweeted, “alerted the flight attendant. He offered to move me (which would mean losing my bulkhead legroom) but just shrugged when I suggested he ask the man to put his pants back on.”
Apparently, about six hours into the flight, the passenger put on a puffy coat for heat though the bare legs remained exposed. According to Thompson, the man took four mini bottles of wine from the beverage cart during the journey. But he hadn’t completely lost his senses: before the flight landed, he stood up and put his pants back on apparently not intending on walking through the airport pants-less.
Those in the cabin seemed to be making a joke of the bizarre situation. “Nothing bonds a group of passengers like a man half naked in your section,” Thompson wrote on Twitter. “Shout out to the flight attendant who slipped me extra wine and did keep checking in to make sure I was good.”
Some airlines have their own individual dress code, enforcement of which is often up to the cabin crew’s discretion. There is nothing in the Air France general conditions of carriage about dress code. But airlines like United, Delta and American Airlines all list “bare feet” as grounds for getting kicked off a flight. In 2017, two teenage girls were denied boarding on a United flight when they showed up wearing leggings. United quickly clarified that the dress code only applied because the passengers were friends of employees.
"Air France regrets the customer's feelings and confirms that the passenger boarded in shorts and sandals," the airline said in a statement given to Travel + Leisure. "The company reminds us that it is not the responsibility of cabin crew to require customers to wear acceptable clothing, except of course in the event of indecent dress. Having solicited the crew whose role is to ensure the comfort and well-being of the passengers, the customer was offered another seat of the same type and with the same comfort that she refused."
This story has been updated with a statement from Air France.