A MAN has divided opinion after refusing to move so family could sit together on a flight – but who do you think was in the wrong?
Taking to Reddit to share the flight fiasco, a man said he was “berated” for remaining in his seat on a long-haul flight.
Questioning whether he should have given in and moved seats, the passenger said the debacle started as soon as he boarded the plane.
He wrote: “Recently I was berated by a woman on a plane who asked me to move so that her family could all sit in one row.
“I spend time, effort and money on getting specific seats when I travel. I can’t afford business class but I can afford to pay a little extra for extra legroom.”
Despite carefully planning his flight, the man said he arrived at his seat only to find it was already taken by the family.
“I was then asked to switch seats and the seat offered was in the middle of the plane, which is the worst kind,” he said.
“I politely refused and the mother persisted.
“She got loud and a flight attendant got involved and I said that it is within my rights not to move, especially since I had paid about a hundred bucks extra for this seat.”
After sticking to his guns and not moving, the man said he was left in the awkward situation of being sat next to the children’s mum for the rest of the flight.
“She made my flight hell,” he said.
“She deliberately took up so much space that I couldn’t get past to get up and refused to move, stating that is is within her rights not to do so.
“I understand that families want to sit together and when the kids are young they need to.
“However, it isn’t my fault that they didn’t plan this properly. I have moved seats on short haul flights on request before but on a 12 hour trip I refuse.”
The Reddit post quickly gained traction from other users eager to share what they would have done in the same situation – with almost everyone on the stubborn passenger’s side.
One commented: “The sense of entitlement with some of these parents is astounding. If you want your family to sit together on a flight, BOOK IT THAT WAY. Don’t expect the world to stop for you.”
Another said: “In no world would I give up a window seat I paid for, to sit in a middle seat.”
“I am so sorry you dealt with this. I too am particular on my airline seats… people today have no grace for others, are so entitled, rude and downright mean,” added a third.
Another Reddit user divided opinion this week after sharing that he too refused to give up his seat – even though he knew he was splitting up a mum and her toddler.
Another passenger that refused to give up their seat said their stubborn ways split up a family – but then said that made his flight service “abhorrent” as staff ‘forgot’ to serve him.
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