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Woman Causes A Scene On A Plane After A Man Who Paid Extra Just To Be There Refused To Switch Seats With Her
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Woman Causes A Scene On A Plane After A Man Who Paid Extra Just To Be There Refused To Switch Seats With Her

Travel can be a draining experience for some. The planning, the journey itself, the days needed to recover—it’s a challenge in and of itself, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil to achieve greater things.

Whatever the case, there are ways folks can make it much more bearable. For example, if you’re flying, you can pay a tad bit more to get the seat you prefer, giving you more comfort… until someone attempts to ruin it for you.

Quite recently we discussed “adult only” flights after this woman sparked an online debate with her video, sharing how she had to go through a 3-hour flight with a kid crying and kicking her seat while the mom did nothing.

This time around, though, the setting is the same, except the mom is the one causing a ruckus.

A Redditor recently shared a predicament he found himself in, in which he was asked to switch seats by a mother, but refused and so she went ballistic on him.

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Flying is exhausting, but there are ways to make it at least a bit more comfortable, like paying extra for the seat you wanted

Image source: Frankie Roberto (not the actual photo)

A Redditor by the nickname of u/Unlikely-Strategy596 was recently traveling home from Greece. A 10-hour flight, plus it’s the season, equals chaos. So, in order to avoid some of it, OP booked a seat that was closer to the front of the plane. The closer to the front, the faster he’d be able to bolt out of there once the flight was over. This convenience came at a cost, though, as OP had to pay more for this particular seat.

Well, here comes the day to travel, OP is in his seat, and a wild family appears [cue Pokemon battle song]. The mother asks if he’d be willing to switch seats. OP explained that under regular circumstances, this would be no problem, but this time it was having to take a seat 20 rows back. This is anything but convenient in OP’s eyes.

But what do you do when someone tries to ruin the comfort of said seat by pressuring you into switching?

Image source: Unlikely-Strategy596

So, he declined. The woman took a U-turn in her attitude and started going wild on him, calling him an a-word over a very simple request. Apparently, this was also in front of her kids. “Respectfully, ma’am, your travel issues are not my problem. I am keeping the seat I paid for,” responded OP.

This led to a scene by the woman, seemingly trying to publicly guilt-trip him and instigate something. All OP said was that if she had booked things in advance, or perhaps if she had spent more, she wouldn’t have had this problem. “Grow up and get over it. I am not moving seats. End of story!” he concluded.

Image source: Unlikely-Strategy596

Image source: Paul Hanaoka (not the actual photo)

Once everyone was seated, the husband happened to sit next to OP. He low-key apologized for the whole drama, explaining that the wife hates traveling. And he could have stopped there, but he didn’t and then ruined it all by commenting that giving the seat up would have made things easier in the end.

The story soon found its way onto the Am I The A-Hole subreddit, put up for judgment by the community. And they ruled that OP had every right to decline and just leave it at a “no”.

Folks agreed that the family could have been more responsible with their flight bookings, and even more so, more respectful and accepting of the first “no”. There was absolutely no need for shaming.

Just like OP, folks in the community were having none of it, and said the woman was out of line

There were those who pointed out that the woman was more or less being unreasonable because she was trying to get “bumped up” to one of the front rows and not vice versa—not asking folks 20 rows back to move to the front so the family could be together.

Yet others also thought of the husband. They pointed out that he probably was to some degree happy the wife got told off, as he got some peace in those 10 hours of flight. But there were those who also bashed him by changing his dialogue a little bit to say that it would have been easier for the husband, not for OP.

Whatever the case, the post blew up, garnering nearly 10,000 upvotes with a handful of Reddit awards and several news media outlets picking up the story.

So, what are your thoughts? Should he have moved, should he have not moved, what would have been the optimal solution here? Share your opinions in the comment section below!

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Laura Mintkenbaugh
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not trying to be a jerk, but I really cannot understand the mentality of these individuals with children. I have two daughters, and I plan accordingly. If for some odd reason I plan inadequately (like last minute plans) it’s not an other travelers’ problem. That is on me. Where are all these entitled parents coming from, or am I missing something??

Tamra
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I must be missing the same thing too, Laura. I have a child and when we traveled, we also planned accordingly. Even if the airline screwed up and we all three couldn't sit together, no big deal, one of us sat with our kid, the other sat elsewhere.

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Jefferson Selvy
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Chucky Cheezburger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This can apply in other areas of life as well.👍

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Vix Spiderthrust
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

NTA. Reserved seats are for the person who reserved them, end of. That goes whether you're on a train, on a plane, in the theatre, or on a f*****g space rocket. If you don't reserve a seat, you get the seats that are left over. Functional adults understand this.

LuckyL
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think asking is always okay - but you also have to take "no" as an answer.

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Laura Mintkenbaugh
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not trying to be a jerk, but I really cannot understand the mentality of these individuals with children. I have two daughters, and I plan accordingly. If for some odd reason I plan inadequately (like last minute plans) it’s not an other travelers’ problem. That is on me. Where are all these entitled parents coming from, or am I missing something??

Tamra
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I must be missing the same thing too, Laura. I have a child and when we traveled, we also planned accordingly. Even if the airline screwed up and we all three couldn't sit together, no big deal, one of us sat with our kid, the other sat elsewhere.

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Jefferson Selvy
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This can apply in other areas of life as well.👍

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Vix Spiderthrust
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

NTA. Reserved seats are for the person who reserved them, end of. That goes whether you're on a train, on a plane, in the theatre, or on a f*****g space rocket. If you don't reserve a seat, you get the seats that are left over. Functional adults understand this.

LuckyL
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think asking is always okay - but you also have to take "no" as an answer.

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