New Zealand sporting royalty Richie and Gemma McCaw were left disgusted by a passenger’s act on a plane as they jetted off to France for the Rugby World Cup.
Ms McCaw, who has represented New Zealand in field hockey at three Olympics, took to Instagram to share a video of a woman sitting in the row behind her who had put her foot up on the arm-rest of Ms McCaw’s daughter’s seat.
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 do I say something’.
Taking the woman’s rudeness with good humour, Ms McCaw included a laughing emoji before adding: ‘Lovely pedi but I think I’ll have to put my foot down for this one’.
Gemma, who has represented New Zealand with the Black Sticks at three Olympics and Richie share three young children
Former All Black Rugby captain Richie McCaw was less than impressed when a fellow plane passenger made themselves comfortable by putting their foot up on his daughter’s seat
Remarkably, the oblivious woman still had her foot up on the arm-rest two hours later, by which point Ms McCaw was referring to the entire situation as ‘footgate’.
She said she didn’t want to ‘put her foot in it’ and figured it would be a good lesson to ask her daughter how she would handle the situation.
Her daughter suggested the direct approach by writing in her notebook: ‘Please put your foot down’.
But before Ms McCaw had to take matters into her own hands a member of the cabin crew finally stepped in and asked the woman to ‘kindly remove her foot from the seat’.
Ms McCaw then followed up with a picture of one of her children looking out the plane window as they enjoyed the rest of their lengthy flight to Europe with the caption ‘all is well’.
Two hours later into the lengthy flight to Europe ‘footgate’ was finally resolved when a member of the cabin crew asked the woman to ‘kindly’ put her foot down
The Rugby World Cup group stages are underway with the tournament being played until October 28.
Australia likely hasn’t made it to the quarter finals, getting beaten over the weekend by Wales 40-6 in their Pool C group.
But the New Zealand All Blacks do look set to progress into the quarter finals along with host country France from Pool A.