Attention rude airline passengers who treat airplanes as their own personal lounging areas: Social media is coming for you.
“passenger shaming” means that the next time you fall asleep with your hand in your pants, are filing your toe nails or using your tray table as a footrest while on an airplane, chances are a photo of you, in all your glory, will end up on the Internet.
Passenger Shaming on Instagram and Facebook is the latest trend in internet shaming: It aims to shine the bright light of online justice on people whose rude, often gross, airplane behavior makes the flying experience even more miserable for the rest of us. The photos are submitted via email by anonymous flyers and flight attendants to PassengerShaming@gmail.com
Passenger Shaming started in January of 2013 and has taken off. It has more than 25,000 Instagram followers and its Facebook page has 20,000 likes. It’s the brainchild of flight attendant Shawn Kathleen, who issues a warning on her site: “Don’t end up here.”
It’s a friendly reminder to rude flyers who often dismiss their own gross behavior with the “I’ll never see these people again” mentality. True, you may not see the passengers you’re offending again. But now they can make sure that the whole world sees you. So mind your manners. And for Pete’s sakes, keep your shoes on!