Richie and Gemma McCaw suffer toe-curling 'foot-gate' experience on flight to France

The McCaws' family trip to France to support the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup kicked off to an eventful start, if Gemma McCaw's Instagram Stories are anything to go by - with a fellow passenger failing to put their best foot forward during the flight.

In a series of videos shared to her Instagram on Monday, the former Black Sticks player documented the seemingly oblivious passenger resting her bare foot on the arm rest of her seat in front of her, which happened to be the seat of the McCaws' eldest daughter, Charlotte.

Documenting The Case of the Rogue Trotter for her 127,000 followers to enjoy, McCaw pleaded for advice on how best to handle the toe-curling quandary - without putting her foot in her mouth.   

"Would everyone be OK with this situation? Or do I say something?" the mum-of-three captioned the clip, alongside the laughing face emoji.  

In a second video, McCaw couldn't help but poke fun at #FootGate, captioning the footage: "Lovely pedi colour but I think I'll have to put my foot down for this one."  

She then panned to her clearly unimpressed husband Richie in the opposite aisle, who shook his head at the camera.  

Screenshot of Richie McCaw and the foot
Richie was not impressed. Photo credit: @gemflynn / Instagram

About two hours later, McCaw posted a third clip - with the passenger's foot still clearly visible on the arm rest - showcasing young Charlotte's straight-talking approach to the situation.  

In her notebook, the four-year-old had written: "Please put your foot down" - complete with a large exclamation point for emphasis.   

"I don't want to put my foot in it, so Charlotte thought of trying this approach," McCaw deadpanned.  

The offending foot.
The offending foot. Photo credit: @gemflynn / Instagram

Another three hours later, McCaw revealed that #FootGate had finally been resolved - without needing to go toe-to-toe with the offending passenger. 

"Update on the foot gate: hostess stepped in and asked for her to kindly remove her foot from the seat. All is well," McCaw said, alongside a sweet snap of Charlotte peering out the plane window.   

At least someone put their foot down.   

The 33-year-old announced the family were travelling to France, presumably to support Richie's former team during the Rugby World Cup, in a snap shared to her feed on Monday. Captioning the pic, she wrote: "France here we come! So lucky for this opportunity to all be going over together! Wish us luck."  

The All Blacks legend, 42, won two Rugby World Cups with the national team, which he played for between 2001 and 2015 and captained from 2004.   

The couple have three children: Charlotte, born in 2018; Grace, born in 2021; and Ella, whom they welcomed in April.