The Foot

August 20, 2008

in Passenger Stories

I was on a flight from Frankfurt to Houston on Lufthansa; I was 13 and this was 2002 I believe. Anyways there was this other girl my age sitting next to me and her mother behind her along with her grandmother sitting straight behind me. The grandmother decided to stretch, putting her foot on my armrest. This wasn’t your usual foot skin. This foot was black, extremely crusty, with very hard looking filthy toenails, and just the type of foot you would see in a horror movie, as if she had never worn shoes in her life and walked through dirt everyday that had set itself permanently on her skin (this lady was very light skinned so it’s not like this was actual pigment).

Anyways she sets it there and I didn’t notice it until I put my arm on the rest and felt my arm being scratched by the foot. I asked the girl to translate to the grandmother if she could take her foot off, which she does…. for about 10 min. She puts the foot back on there, I call the flight attendant to do something about it, nothing happens since the lady doesn’t speak English and her granddaughter didn’t want to translate again. Anyways this whole 8 hr or so flight I couldn’t sleep because every time I tried putting my head against the window and sleeping, there was the foot. Oh yeah, in addition this flight was delayed over 3 hrs due to mechanical problems where we eventually changed aircraft with no possibility to change seats as I was an unaccompanied minor. During the flight and the wait I had to put up with the disgusting foot a total of about 12 hrs…

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter Foss November 20, 2008 at 10:54 am

Why didn't you jab her foot with something like a ball-point pen?

Why be so passive about it?


Sonia Barbosa November 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I think it was the fact that I was 13 then and didn't understand how bad people could be and in a way felt powerless, but now that you say it that would've been a great idea (even though thinking about it her foot was just so crusted she probably wouldn't have even felt a needle). Believe me ever since I've been more outspoken about complaints in my flights… People are horrible


kevinw April 5, 2009 at 4:11 am

pardon me, i have to pause from reading and go puke….feet are disgusting as it is. next time a polite elbow to the foot should help….so gross


Joe Mama April 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

Polite elbow to the foot? From the description I wouldn't have touched it without wearing a haz-mat suit.


Sharon April 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Maybe FFH needs a new category called "Feet" since there are so many disturbing stories related to the showing, cleaning, sucking, and smelling of feet.


Shannon April 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm

The next time she would have taken her foot down I would have hogged the armrest.


Atari May 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The only objection I have is the implication that going barefoot is somehow hygienically poor.

That's not true at all.

A foot on the dirt all day, I can guarantee you, will smell better than a foot in a stuffy shoe all day, where it will sweat, and soak in its own sweat.


Jacob June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am

I loved this one so much. It was like a horror movie.




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