A passenger has been praised for refusing to give up his seat on a 10-hour flight so that a family could sit together. In this case, I’m totally on the side of the passenger.
Passenger Praised (And I Praise Him Too) For Refusing To Change His Seat For Rude Family
The man was traveling from Athens (ATH) to either Newark (EWR) on United or Emirates or to New York (JFK) on Delta, based upon the flight time. He posted about his experience on Reddit.
“I traveled home today from Greece. The flight was roughly ten hours and around this time of year, it’s extremely hectic. I booked my ticket specifically to be closer to the front of the plane so I can be closer to the gate when it’s time to get out. I personally hate travelings so I spent a bit more money to be closer.”
A family of four had approached the man upon boarding and asked if he would be willing to move.
“Normally I’d be ok with that but switching spots would mean moving back 20 rows down which leaves me at an inconvenience and I would not get my money’s worth. I rejected and said that I would like to keep my seat.”
That angered the woman greatly. So what happened?
“She ended up making a scene and basically said ‘wow look at this *sshole who can’t even move seats so a family could sit all together.'”
The man then responded:
“Maybe you should have booked ahead of time, or spent more money on tickets so you all could sit together. This is not my issue. Grow up and get over it. I am not moving seats. End of story!”
The woman’s husband later apologized to the man, but said, “She hates traveling, but giving her the seat would’ve made things easier in the end.”
Well yes, when you give a spoiled brat what they want, it does pacify them for a few minutes. But it also shows that you HATE them.
Here’s a question for the selfish family to reflect on:
If it was really about sitting together, why didn’t they ask the people 20 rows back if they’d like the better seats upfront?
That way everyone wins.
The audacity of families to request seat swapping onboard is no the problem, it is the audacity coupled with the offer to move to inferior seats rather than better seats! What incredible selfishness.
As the father of two kids who travels with his family, I get that it is nice to sit together and I am perfectly happy to swap under certain circumstances. But when you made a demand and then cruse me out…no thank you. Get out of my face.