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#1 cattard

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Posted September 09 2011 - 08:56 AM

Short snippet from CNN.com, much larger story is about general attire

Don't fly barefoot


US Airways' contract of carriage states that it can remove passengers from a flight if they are "inappropriately clothed."

One thing is for sure: Don't bother showing up for your flight without shoes, unless you're a very young child.

Most airlines, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways, may refuse to transport you if you are barefoot.

Poole said she once saw a woman who tried to board a flight barefoot and was kicked off. The passenger was rebooked on a later flight, "that is if she could find her shoes," Poole said.

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Posted September 09 2011 - 09:04 AM

even so... some airlines make you take of your shoes at security... at least in Europe, don't know about US
What could possibly be the problem if someone wants to travel barefoot? Assuming their feet are clean (!)...

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Posted September 09 2011 - 09:33 AM

One time I was standing in line for the X-ray scanner, where everyone is required to take off their shoes. The security guard told me that I had to put my shoes back on until I got closer to the machine. :mad:

If flying barefoot was ALLOWED, it would be REQUIRED. They don't like the idea of people being different. It's simpler for the airlines and the TSA if everybody is alike. :mad:

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Posted September 09 2011 - 09:36 AM

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Posted September 09 2011 - 12:05 PM

people is way too tolerant, complying and docile. they are going to do whatever they're ordered to and that's why things are so grim today. Pay. Put your shoes off. Wear a suit. stand. please pass through this x ray scanner. please shovel this fire extinguisher up your ass. Sit. put your shoes on. fasten your belt. Take your pills. sing the anthem. vote. go to war. die.

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Posted September 10 2011 - 10:10 AM

I often walk from security to the gate barefoot. I have my sandals hanging on my bag, so the presence of them may matter.
Texturally, jetway floors make me cringe, so I slip the sandals back on to board. Back off at my seat.

I've never had issues with airline employees, and only a couple long looks from TSA.
I assumed they were foot fetishists. :-)

My Hebrew language T-shirt and reading material, or traveling companions, draw more problems.
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Posted September 10 2011 - 10:22 AM

Paint a shoe on your foot tell you get caught then make fun of the cop on spot for not catching it sooner.

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Posted September 11 2011 - 05:33 AM

My Hebrew language T-shirt and reading material, or traveling companions, draw more problems.

always used to think it took arabic to draw the heat, lol. this means guard dogs cannot tell hebrew from arabic ? would make lots of sense... about your fellow travellers, maybe they look like these ones ?


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Posted September 11 2011 - 07:37 AM

I did a trip to and from Spain using BF sandals and had no problem. Security either didn't notice (likely) or didn't care (less likely). I will certainly try barefooting airports/planes again. EmPHAsis on "try."

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Posted September 13 2011 - 12:43 PM

It seems that only airlines based in the US have rules against bare feet. I've checked with European airlines and they have no such rule. It also seems that US Airways is the airline that most consistently refuses service to barefoot passengers. I've had no problem so far flying barefoot on Delta (and before that Northwest Airlines).

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Posted September 13 2011 - 01:07 PM

Do you laugh as much as I do when planes crash??..


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Posted September 13 2011 - 07:37 PM

Do you laugh as much as I do when planes crash??..


Only when Ted Stryker flies them...

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Posted September 14 2011 - 12:40 AM

You don't necessarily need to comment if the thread doesn't concern you.

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Posted September 14 2011 - 01:48 AM

During some past holiday trips, I've used Ryan Air (discount carrier based in Ireland), Air Berlin (a Lufthansa daughter based in Germany) and TuiFly (mainly a package tours carrier) on bare paws without any hassle. Maybe the discount airlines are just more keen on checking the restrictive maximum size of the cabin baggage than their passengers' outfit ..

Isn't there an airline operating the Maledive Islands destinations that is known for their barefoot pilotes?

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Posted September 14 2011 - 02:10 AM

Never tried flying barefoot, authority figures (police, TSA, etc.) scare the shit out of me, it's easier just to go along when I feel I have to.

Security rules are getting fucking ridiculous, though. No barefeet. They stopped Billie Joe Armstrong for wearing his pants too low. They stop people for having visible tattoos. Fuck this.
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Posted September 14 2011 - 04:03 AM

You don't necessarily need to comment if the thread doesn't concern you.

It's a PUBLIC forum. Anyway, police are supposed to look for anything "different." But it has ALL gotten way out of hand, like most things human, including reactions to (OMG!) BARE FEET!

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Posted September 14 2011 - 05:33 AM

Never tried flying barefoot, authority figures (police, TSA, etc.) scare the shit out of me, it's easier just to go along when I feel I have to.

Security rules are getting fucking ridiculous, though. No barefeet. They stopped Billie Joe Armstrong for wearing his pants too low. They stop people for having visible tattoos. Fuck this.


You can thank Al Qaeida and the Taliban for that.

I remember going all the way to the gate to see off relatives and then watch the plane take off down the runway. Even back in August 2000 I was flying in and my parents were right there when I came off the jetway. But those days are long gone.

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Posted September 17 2011 - 12:56 PM

Short snippet from CNN.com, much larger story is about general attire

Don't fly barefoot...

Most airlines, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways, may refuse to transport you if you are barefoot.


The key word here is may. This wording is included in the Contracts of Carriage of most, if not all, US based airlines. But it does not say will or must. Therefore, how those attempting to fly barefoot are treated is at the discretion of gate personnel. If you happen to run into a foot-phobic, you might get refused; if not, usually nothing will be said. I know this from lots and lots of experience flying barefoot over many years. There is roughly a 10% chance someone will refuse to let you board barefoot - which means, of course, there's a 90% chance you can fly barefoot, including boarding, without a hassle. That's based on only my personal experience, but I've flown on enough flights and with practically every domestic airline - and a few non-US - and through enough airports, that I believe those odds are fairly accurate for most anyone.

Poole said she once saw a woman who tried to board a flight barefoot and was kicked off. The passenger was rebooked on a later flight, "that is if she could find her shoes," Poole said.


I don't know who this "Poole" person is, but that ONE little anecdote does not justify someone's admonition of "Don't fly barefoot." Sure, it can happen. Apparently the barefoot passenger did not have enough forethought to have a pair of backup footwear stashed away somewhere that she could easily have pulled out and put on if refused boarding.

The point here is that there's a very good chance that you can fly barefoot on almost any airline, but just in case you run into that one employee who doesn't like feet, you need to ALWAYS have something - like flip-flops - to quickly pull out and put on to avoid the hassle. You don't want to be messing around or arguing with airline people if they tell you to do something.

And BTW, it's the airline employees who may (note, I'm saying "may") give you a hassle. Airport security or TSA agents couldn't care less what you are wearing or not wearing on your feet. Their concern is security, not bare feet.

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Posted September 21 2011 - 03:36 PM

The point here is that there's a very good chance that you can fly barefoot on almost any airline, but just in case you run into that one employee who doesn't like feet, you need to ALWAYS have something - like flip-flops - to quickly pull out and put on to avoid the hassle. You don't want to be messing around or arguing with airline people if they tell you to do something.

And BTW, it's the airline employees who may (note, I'm saying "may") give you a hassle. Airport security or TSA agents couldn't care less what you are wearing or not wearing on your feet. Their concern is security, not bare feet.[/QUOTE]

Well said, after all Richard Reid the shoe bomber would have found it harder to (thankfully not quite) pull off his stunt barefoot.

FYI I've flown all over the world barefoot and never been picked up for it, sometimes I didn't even bother carrying emergency flip-flops, maybe I've just led a charmed existence! Handy tip though, if you're apprehensive about it wear a maxi dress or Thai fishermans pants that conceal most of the foot, they've worked for me

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Posted September 26 2011 - 08:19 AM

flip-flops


Put them away AFTER you get on the plane. You will never have a problem.

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Posted October 09 2011 - 09:11 AM

I never have attempted to fly barefoot. If I am traveling with my foot bare, I put on a cloth softsole slipper on before boarding that I keep folded in my pocket. I take it off after arrival. So far I have not had any problems getting through security though it can involve a lot of hopping.

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Posted October 11 2011 - 10:26 AM

I've flown barefoot more times than I can count over the last ten years or so. This is in the UK and around Europe.

I have only once been told to put on shoes.

When boarding a flight to come home from Spain once, a stewardess said I had to have shoes on to board. I popped on an ancient pair of flip flops from my bag, walked onto the plane, took them off again, stowed them and disembarked at the other end barefoot. I think I had them on for about a minute. What the hell was the point of that ???

At the other extreme, I was on a flight the other day and was sitting by the emergency exit. A stewardess was checking that the floor was clear (one of the rules) and asked:

"Where are your shoes ? Did you put them up in the overhead locker ?"

I just said: "I'm not a shoe person."

She just said: "Oh, so you don't have any ? Ok !"

I know that's how it should be, but how nice that that's how it was ! :-)

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Posted October 14 2011 - 08:50 PM

I've just recently, over the summer began to fly barefoot. Initially, I would wear flip flops into the airport, but after security keep them off and carry my flip flops in my hands (I know, that's sacrilegious).

However, after my first trip I've found out that no one cares; plus with all the crowds during peak travel times, no one is looking down at your feet anyway. On following trips, I would walk into the terminal barefoot, get my ticket, go through security, and board all barefoot. I had a pair of flip flops in my carry-on, just in case; but didn't need them. I flew exclusively United Airlines out of Dulles (DC), Chicago and Atlanta.

By the way, I love walking around the terminals in DC, Chicago and Atlanta barefoot. The floor textures are fantastic, and, no one cared that I was walking barefoot (no shoe police).

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Posted October 15 2011 - 06:35 AM

Just out of curiosity were the floors clean? I know in large train stations your feet get very black.

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Posted October 18 2011 - 05:00 AM

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Posted October 18 2011 - 05:16 AM

I'm guessing that they don't want to get sued if you catch athletes foot...lol

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Posted October 19 2011 - 03:08 PM

Same as FFJeans here... I have never had a problem flying barefoot.

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Posted October 24 2011 - 01:04 AM

I fly a lot, since I live in New Zealand long-haul flights are pretty much standard whenever I want to go somewhere other than Australia. I find that it is very common for people on long-hauls to take off their shoes for the duration of the flight.

In NZ it is common for people to barefoot in the airports but usually not to get on the plane. One time I was on a flight passing through Singapore. We landed and this Kiwi family was headed up the airbridge with all their kids still barefoot from the flight. They got stopped by Singapore security people and I passed them all despreately searching their bags for some kind of footwear for the kids. Singapore doesn't allow chewing gum, never mind bare feet.

There was a case a few years back of an Air NZ flight being held up because two 4-year olds were barefoot and the pilot wouldn't take of until the kids' shoes could be found in their already loaded baggage so they could put them on 'for safety reasons'. The irony was passengers were then told to remove their shoes for comfort once the flight was up (after the 1 hour delay caused by the shoe search). An MP on the flight called it ridiculous and Air NZ had to apologise.

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Posted October 24 2011 - 06:21 AM

I've now also decided that Singapore is somewhere I DON'T want to live!!

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Posted October 24 2011 - 08:48 AM

It's too bad Singapore is not barefootfriendly because their airport would be heaven for barefooters. They have soft carpet ALL over and the cleanest restrooms in the world.