Gymnast Performs Contortionist Feat In Cramped Airplane Seat

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A ridiculously flexible gymnast has Instagram abuzz after sharing a now-viral video of herself to the social media platform, contorting her body into unbelievable positions — within the tight confines of an airplane seat. 

Earlier this week, the Instagram travel account PassengerShaming shared video footage of gymnast Stefanie Millinger taking an apparent midflight workout to the next level.

In the much buzzed-about clip, which has since been viewed over 238,000 times on PassengerShaming’s account – and even more on Millinger’s own Instagram page – the Austrian native stands on the airplane seat in an extreme backbend, before lowering her head to rest on the seat itself. She then proceeds to buckle the standard seatbelt around her body – safety first -- grabs her ankles from the front, and finally gives the camera a cheeky smile.

Some Instagram commenters were skeptical of the stunt.

“Ouch,” one wrote online.

“Why does this make me want to vomit?” another agreed.

“Were there jugglers, clowns and lions as well?” one mocked.

“I'll bet the air hostesses love this sort of behaviour,” another chimed in.

For our part, we’re just happy when we’re able to fold ourselves into a seat, and then get out again at the end of the flight.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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