THONGS in business class.

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Racala

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 May 2018

Total posts 44

I'm going to stir the pot a bit but... my first major flight was a school excursion ex Mt Gambier to Launceston on a Viscount, in school uniform in 1962. Later flights when I started work in 68, saw people were comfortably/fashionably (at times attired), particularly when flying ex Melbourne in winter. Let's go forward to this century. Thongs.. yep frequently seen when boarding a flight, any smell from them is largely confined to below the knees ... but something that is isn't is passengers in tank tops (and that is both sexes), with smelly armpits that haven't seen soap and water for some time.

Fortunately flying business now I haven't been exposed to this for some years (close friends have and are envious of me), but something that I have encountered is much worse. Some wimmen (think I have used the right term in today's language), lather themselves in obnoxious perfume... and believe it STINKS. In late 2019 I came back from Melbourne to Brisbane, seated in 2a. Next to me was a female in her mid 30's and was it ripe.. cabin crew winced when they first smelled it. By the time that I got to Brisbane I was sneezing continuously as were the passengers in 1a and 1b + 2e and 3a. My allergic reaction was one of the worst that I have ever had whilst travelling... and what was her reaction... abuse to all 6 passengers that she had affected.

In short people.. please be considerate of your fellow travelers...you never know, you just might need their assistance should a medical even arise whilst flying....

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 253

The real problem with thongs and air travel is one of safety - thongs provide no protection for your feet in case of an emergency. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a fire or having to evacuate through a crashed aircraft or dangerous terrain in thongs.

Travellz

Member since 26 Mar 2020

Total posts 31

I personally don't see what all the fuss is - some people (well quite alot really) do fly business on leisure trips.

I know I would rather wear thongs and boardshorts while on sipping on some bubbly in the lounge prior to a well deserved holiday after a year of wearing a tie and suit in the office 8 hours a day.

Think people should perhaps worry about their own "lane" in life - the airport is always a mix of travellers (business travellers, holidaymakers etc) a Qantas lounge should really be no different.

I think behaviour standard over attire is more important (a drunk yobbo in the corner of the lounge would irriate me more than someone wearing thongs (I've seen people dressed to the nines being blind drunk in the lounge - its not just people wearing thongs).

Ted Douglas

Member since 23 Jul 2020

Total posts 23

Originally Posted by Benmccartney

I always say, if you don't like it, DON'T LOOK! Simple. I don't wear thongs in business but I don't see problem. People are so embarrassingly judgemental. If people are happy and doing their own thing, thats a great place be.

Some of us have standards.

That is why we fly at the pointy end of the plane.

Benmccartney

Member since 15 Aug 2017

Total posts 11

Originally Posted by Ted Douglas

Originally Posted by Benmccartney

I always say, if you don't like it, DON'T LOOK! Simple. I don't wear thongs in business but I don't see problem. People are so embarrassingly judgemental. If people are happy and doing their own thing, thats a great place be.

Some of us have standards.

That is why we fly at the pointy end of the plane.

Wow Ted wearing thongs in business class on a holiday cannot clearly be a representation of someone having standards. Some people carry broomsticks around with them permanently too. That doesn't show me that person has standards. It shows me something entirely different! Try wearing some thongs sometime or walking barefoot on the grass.

This forum should not be about attacking, judging or TROLLING peoples character.







greg959

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 May 2019

Total posts 43

Originally Posted by John Phelan

The real problem with thongs and air travel is one of safety - thongs provide no protection for your feet in case of an emergency. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a fire or having to evacuate through a crashed aircraft or dangerous terrain in thongs.

Hmmm... Don't know how much of an issue this is. The safety cards still instruct people to remove high heels before using escape slides and Qantas still hands out slippers to first pax. No doubt shoes would be preferable in the event of a fire but I certainly don't pack for air travel on the assumption of a catastrophic emergency, particularly given Qantas' safety record...

vbarberini

Member since 16 Oct 2012

Total posts 29

As @JohnPhelan points out, the real issue with thongs is safety - regardless of the class of travel.

Any landing requiring evacuation will mean scrambling over razor sharp twisted pieces of debris that will cut uncovered feet to ribbons.

It’s no coincidence that the pilots wear leather shoes. Even female FA’s swap out their heals for leather flats for landing.

PS - Thongs are fine for the beach, but not an airline lounge. #lowrent

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