Fellow fliers react with shock as man strips to his underwear on a trans-Atlantic trip

An Air France passenger was left stunned after the man seated next to her stripped down to his underwear and removed his socks before take off – but cabin crew just ‘shrugged’. 

Lizzie Thompson was across the aisle from the man during the 12-hour flight from Paris to Los Angeles yesterday and documented the strange incident on Twitter, where it has been shared thousands of times.

‘The man in the seat across from me has taken HIS PANTS OFF for the flight and is just in his boxers. Flight attendants seem unconcerned. This is going to be a long flight,’ Thompson wrote.  

Lizzie Thompson posted this photograph on Twitter showing the male passenger in the seat next to her wearing only his boxers for the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles 

Lizzie Thompson posted this photograph on Twitter showing the male passenger in the seat next to her wearing only his boxers for the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles 

Lizzie Thompson posted this photograph on Twitter showing the male passenger in the seat next to her wearing only his boxers for the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles 

‘He has also removed his socks,’ she added. 

Accompanying photographs show the male passenger, who Thompson said was ‘neither American nor French’, making himself comfortable by removing his trousers and sitting barefoot in just his underpants. 

But his odd behaviour did not end there, as according to Thompson he then shouted at another passenger – who had boarded the plane carrying a ukulele – to ‘COME SIT WITH ME AND MAKE SOME MUSIC (sic).’

The man declined the request and ‘no ukulele was played, sadly,’ Thompson wrote.   

Two hours into the 12-hour flight the half-naked passenger fell asleep after buying four mini bottles of wine from the cart. 

Lizzie Thompson was seated next to the man during the flight from Paris to Los Angeles yesterday

Lizzie Thompson was seated next to the man during the flight from Paris to Los Angeles yesterday

Thompson was baffled by the man's behaviour and the fact that cabin crew seemed 'unconcerned'

Thompson was baffled by the man's behaviour and the fact that cabin crew seemed 'unconcerned'

Other photographs shared by Thompson show that the man sitting barefoot (left) and with a coat on (right), but he did not put his trousers on until just before landing 

But, Thompson wrote in another post, around half way to Los Angeles he became cold and decided to put on his coat – although bizarrely not his trousers or socks. 

‘6 hours in he got cold so PUT ON HIS PUFFY JACKET,’ Thompson wrote. 

In another Twitter update, she said she alerted the flight attendant, but that he declined to tell the man to put his trousers back on.

‘He offered to move me (which would mean losing my bulkhead legroom) but just shrugged when I suggested he ask the man to put his pants back on,’ she wrote. 

Thankfully the man decided to get dressed before landing, but put his trousers back on in the aisle in plain sight of Thompson and her fellow passengers.   

Thompson was stunned by the blasé response of Air France cabin crew, who 'shrugged' when she suggested telling the man to put his trousers back on

Thompson was stunned by the blasé response of Air France cabin crew, who 'shrugged' when she suggested telling the man to put his trousers back on

Thompson was stunned by the blasé response of Air France cabin crew, who ‘shrugged’ when she suggested telling the man to put his trousers back on

‘Finally, his pants went back on. Good news: nothing bonds a group of passengers like a man half naked in your section,’ wrote Thompson.

‘Shout out to the flight attendant who slipped me extra wine and did keep checking in to make sure I was good.’          

Twitter users were keen to find out whether it is acceptable for passengers to undress on aircraft. 

One flight attended commented on the thread saying: ‘Thank you for this. I am a F/A and this is NOT acceptable on my carrier (pants must be worn).’

According to Air France’s Terms and Conditions, passengers can be removed from a flight if ‘the carriage of the Passenger and/or of their Baggage may endanger security, health, hygiene or good order on board the aircraft’.  

But the response online was less ambiguous.

‘DUDE THIS ISN’T YOUR LIVING ROOM,’ wrote on Twitter user, while another added: ‘This would ruin my entire vacation’.  

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