We’ve had flatmate shaming, food shaming … and now “passenger shaming” is a thing.
“Passenger shamming” is an online trend in which passengers and flight attendants take photos of crude or nasty behaviour on a plane, and then post them online.
A Facebook page set up by a former flight attendant documents airline passengers in various states of undress and distress. The page has become an online hit, getting coverage around the world. The Facebook page has gone viral with over 187,00 likes, and the Instagram page has 152,368 followers of the 47 posts.
The submissions range from the relatively tame, to downright gross.
There are images of passengers napping shirtless, clipping their toenails, going topless, and kids going potty.
The Facebook page has gone viral with over 187,00 likes, and the Instagram page has 152,368 followers of the 47 posts.
Asked about there dress code policy an Air New Zealand, a customer representative said “we don’t have restrictions as such in terms of dress code as long as its decent”.
More people are taking to the skies on cut-price airlines. The federal Aviation Authority reported that annual passenger numbers in the USA would reach 745 million in 2014. People are flying more often and with reduced room.
The shaming phenomenon has given frustrated passengers a place to vent and share their ‘cattle class’ encounters; and for the attendants to expose the close encounters with the ‘beasts’ of economy.
Whether or not humiliating inconsiderate passengers will improve their in-flight conduct has yet to be seen. But considering the amount of online buzz it has generated, and the momentum it is building, this topic may fly high for some time yet.