A man and his wife were traveling from Europe to Asia last week when a mother begged him to give up his seat so she could sit next to her husband and their child. However, the man had paid a premium for his seat on the 10-hour flight and felt that he wanted to remain in his seat next to his wife who had also paid a premium for the extra legroom seat.
“My wife and I were traveling on a 10-hour flight from Europe to Asia last week,” the man wrote in his now-viral post. “We booked our tickets well in advance and also managed to book the specific seats we wanted – two seats in the first row. We paid for these seats as it was going to be a long journey and wanted the extra leg space.”
The man’s Reddit post continued, “When we boarded, there was a woman holding a baby sitting in the middle seat. This woman, before I even had a chance to put my bag in the overhead compartment, asked me ‘Can I be really cheeky and ask you to switch seats with my husband?’ She then pointed toward her husband sitting in the second row (only the first row has extra leg space and requires additional payment to book the seat). She then told me that her husband needs to be next to her to help with the baby.”
He added that “My wife stayed quiet while I politely but firmly told her that unfortunately as his seat is in a second row, I wouldn’t be moving there as I had specifically paid for the seat with extra legroom.”
The mother became furious and called a crew member over to chastise the man for failing to give up his expensive seat.
“A steward came and requested me to switch with the husband, and I had to tell him the same thing, making things quite awkward. The woman then threw daggers at me for some time. Thankfully the steward came back and told me that there were two vacant seats in one of the other first rows and offered to move us.”
The man added, “We ended up moving there but could hear this lady animatedly make comments about us to her husband from behind for some time after that. When I recounted this incident to my in-laws they said that I should have just moved as she had a baby with her and that turned into a different conversation about baby expectations. My wife agrees with me that her poor planning is not our problem and that we should have stayed out if there were no other first-row seats.”
On Reddit, users came to the man’s defense since he planned ahead and paid extra for his seats. It was not the man’s fault that the mother did not plan ahead to sit with her family on the flight from Europe to Asia.