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“Disgusting”: Passenger’s horror flight habit leaves travellers squeamish

“Disgusting”: Passenger’s horror flight habit leaves travellers squeamish

An airline passenger’s unhygienic albeit unique way of browsing through the in-flight entertainment has left fellow travellers feeling rather uncomfortable.

Most people use their hands or a remote to swipe through the various options on offer, but one man was filmed using his toes instead.

Author Alafair Burke took to Twitter to share the bizarre clip on Tuesday, captioning it: “My friend who doesn’t have Twitter sent this from her flight. It belongs on Twitter.”

Alafair then added: “The photographer confirms she saw him walk on and off the plane, carrying his own bag. He just likes to watch TV with his bare feet.”

It didn’t take long for the post to gain traction with the viral video gaining 27,000 retweets and 133,000 likes as users around the world felt disturbed.

“Just another confirmation of how disgusting people are,” wrote one person.

“Ya’ll don’t bathe your feet so this is violence,” said another.

However, others used this opportunity to educate the masses as to why they should sanitise all surfaces before take-off.

“This is why my wife wipes everything down at her seat,” one commented. “Including the screen!”

“Next flight, I will bring a small clorox + febreeze + lyson wipes, all 3 in 1, to clean that screen,” vowed a second user. “I don’t care if it’s not the same seat number or the screen is on the top of the seat.”

But one Twitter user commended the passenger for his feet navigation skills, pointing out that this is not the first time he’s done this.

“He is clearly practiced at this too, look how adept he is,” they said.

Another person posted a reminder about how our hands are just as dirty as our feet.

“You fools, you nincompoops, for believing our fingers are more sanitary than their feet,” he wrote. “This human being was just in an airport, nothing about them is clean.”