Plane passenger praised after refusing to switch seats with a kid on an 8 hour flight
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There is no doubt that travelling is meant to be fun, however, it can certainly generate some stressful situations.
Plane etiquette is a hot topic of conversation online, and one that often prompts a lot of debate on social media.
From the plane passenger that caused outrage after putting his bare feet on an armrest for duration of a flight, to queue etiquette at the airport, there really is a lot to be said for passengers playing up while travelling.
But this particular passenger recently took to the 'Am I the A**hole' forum on Reddit to ask for advice regarding her nightmare travel experience.
The anonymous woman explained that it was her second eight-hour flight on her way home from Africa via Dubai.
"I had booked an aisle seat so I could get up without bothering others and a special meal due to health requirements," she explained.
The passenger added: "A family gets on with 3 kids (they don't speak much English) and asks if I could switch seats with one of their kids so they can be together.
"The father of the family wasn't sat anywhere near the mother and kids, so it looked to me like they had left their seats to random assignment."
The Reddit user said that she initially agreed to the family's request, thinking that she would only be moving down the aisle.
However, once she realised she would be moving to a middle seat, she refused.
The woman continued: "Another passenger then gets up and says he has a seat in the back that I can move to (no idea how) and I said no. I said that I had booked my seat and ordered a dietary meal, and there was no way I was moving to a middle seat.
"He then starts loudly criticising me and saying he hopes I understand that I'm splitting a family up. This eventually attracts attention from the crew because it's holding up boarding."
The family were then able to get another passenger to switch seats with, before the dad apparently made a sarcastic comment about the woman, saying that her seat was 'too special' to move.
"I told the guy to mind his own business and he responded that he wasn't talking to me. I was exhausted and sleep deprived by this point and told him to stop talking about me," she added.
The Redditor finished the post by asking fellow users if they thought she was in the wrong, and it is fair to say that the overwhelming majority didn't think she was.
"If the family wanted to be together they could have paid to do so," one person wrote.
A second penned: "I'm tired of entitled people thinking someone should sacrifice for them. If they wanted to be seated together, they should've booked seats together. Not your problem and good on you for standing your ground and not letting them bully you."
While a third remarked: "They wanted to save the, what, ten bucks it is to pick a seat? That's on them."