- Feb 26, 2007
and yet---people do things differently on long distance overnight travel than on subways. And I certainly did not indicate this is the norm, just that the level of upset over it that would reach to expecting that a flight attendant could and should say something to the passenger or require him to change attire is possibly also somewhat culturally more so for North Americans than French (though, based on the undies he was wearing and having shopped for men'S underthings in both Germany and France as well as the USA in reent years--I am willing to bet Boxer Boy is American)We've flown Air France and we took the subways fairly extensively in Paris. I didn't see anybody in an unusual state of undress and I'd expect the same type of decorum on an airplane. I don't think we can chalk this up to being a "French" thing. I think the guy was just boorish or maybe even a bit deranged.
Again, I am not saying I know how a French person would feel, and I suspect reactins would vary, just as they do among Americans, but general upset over bodies IS less of a thing in France, and some items talked about on this thread as perfectly acceptable (yoga pants) would be far less commontly worn in public there than in the US and maybe not so acceptable either.
Yet again, I am not saying Boxer Boy was totally fine and should be emulated by all---but I am saying the FA was totally reasonable to stay out of it.