The Drs TV: Bad Airplane Behavior
The Doctors started the show by talking about a passenger on a Virgin America flight who became agitated, causing the flight to be diverted. A man was moved to the back of the plane, and then he proceeded to remove the plastic covering from an emergency exit door. He also tried to open the emergency door. On another United Airlines flight, a passenger also became agitated after being unable to recline his chair due to the person behind him using a device called a “knee defender.”
Dr. Travis Stork said he has noticed a change in passenger demeanor. He said he’s experienced feeling irritated when someone in front of him reclined his seat, and so he reclined his seat a little to compensate for the lack of space, and the passenger sitting behind him began to shake his seat. So of course he got really upset at that point. Dr. Stork then shared the new social media trend that is possibly trying to tame unruly airplane behavior, called “passenger shaming.”
The Doctors: Passenger Shaming Trend
Passenger shaming is where passengers and flight attendants post pictures when they see unruly behaviors occurring. The Doctors shared one picture of a kid sitting on a kiddie toilet in the aisle of an airplane. Another man was sleeping on the airplane with his shirt off.
Dr. Rachael Ross said she follows someone on social media who posted a passenger shaming picture of an elderly woman in the bulkhead of the airplane, where you have no seats in front of you. The woman had taken off her shoes and pantyhose and propped her feet up on the wall. But her feet were swollen, so that was more than likely the reason she was doing it. Dr. Ross said you have to understand why people sometimes do what they do, because you don’t understand what could be going on with them.
The Drs TV: Posting Pictures Of Unruly Passengers
Dr. Stork said he thinks people feel more entitled than they used to. The Doctors had Shawn Kathleen on the phone, who is a flight attendant and the creator of Passenger Shaming social media accounts. She shared that she’s only had one person contact her, and she found it funny that a picture of her was posted.
Dr. Jim Sears said he would actually say something to someone who’s being inappropriate. Dr. Stork said he likes the idea of reminding people of inappropriate behavior, but overall we should be more civil. Shawn Kathleen said if other passengers in the area are complaining, the flight attendants will say something to correct the passenger’s behavior.