New Zealand sporting kings Richie and Gemma McCaw were left disgusted by a passenger’s selfish act on a plane as they flew to France for the Rugby World Cup.
Ms McCaw, who represented New Zealand in field hockey at three Olympics, shared a video on Instagram of a woman sitting in the row behind her who had placed her bare foot on the armrest of the girl’s seat by Mrs. McCaw.
Her husband, former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, with whom she shares three young children, can be seen looking back very unimpressed from his seat across the aisle.
Ms McCaw asked her 127,000 followers: “Would everyone be OK with this situation? Or am I saying something?
Taking the woman’s rudeness in good humor, Ms McCaw included a laughing emoji before adding: “Nice pedicure but I think I’ll have to put my foot down for this one.”
Gemma, who represented New Zealand with the Black Sticks at three Olympics, and Richie share three young children
Former All Black Rugby captain Richie McCaw was unimpressed when a fellow passenger on the plane made himself comfortable by putting his foot on his daughter’s seat.
Remarkably, the unconscious woman still had her foot on the armrest two hours later, by which time Ms McCaw was referring to the whole situation as “footgate”.
She said she didn’t want to “get her feet wet” and thought it would be a good lesson to ask her daughter how she would handle the situation.
Her daughter suggested the direct approach, writing in her notebook: “Please put your foot down.”
But before Ms McCaw had to take matters into her own hands, a member of cabin crew finally intervened and asked the woman to “please take her foot off the seat”.
Ms McCaw then followed up with a photo of one of her children looking out the plane window as they enjoyed the rest of their long flight to Europe with the caption “everything is fine”.
Two hours later, after the long flight to Europe, the problem was finally resolved when a cabin crew member asked the woman to “kindly” put her foot down.
The Rugby World Cup group stages are underway and the tournament will run until October 28.
Australia are unlikely to reach the quarter-finals, having been beaten 40-6 by Wales in their Pool C group at the weekend.
But the New Zealand All Blacks look set to qualify for the quarter-finals alongside Pool A hosts France.