Woman defended for refusing to switch plane seats so a dad could sit with his daughter after getting 'dirty looks'

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By James Kay

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A woman has been defended after she refused to switch plane seats so a father could sit with his daughter, in what seems to be a pretty common occurrence.

It's 2024 and we still haven't mastered air travel.

Flying can be stressful, I get it. It usually involves waking up early, being shouted at by TSA, and sitting in a cramped plane with your legs going numb.

That being said, we can all make it slightly more enjoyable for each other if we just sit in the seats that we've booked.

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Arguments on airplanes seem to happen all too often. Credit: Andrew Merry/Getty

A female passenger is gaining online praise for standing her ground and refusing to give up her pre-booked aisle seat to accommodate a dad who wanted to sit with his wife and daughter, despite the family throwing her dirty looks for the whole flight.

The incident was shared on Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" forum where the unnamed woman detailed the confrontation, stating that the man, in his 40s, was sitting in her specifically booked and paid-for aisle seat next to his wife and daughter. When she requested him to move, he insisted she take his middle seat instead, leading to a heated exchange.

"I kindly asked him to move as he was sitting in the seat I specifically booked and paid more for (I’m mostly comfortable sitting in aisle seats)," the poster explained. "He refused to move and told me to move to his seat which was a middle seat."

The situation escalated when a flight attendant intervened, instructing the man to return to his original seat. Despite feeling justified in her decision, the passenger admitted feeling like the "a**hole" during the short flight, as the family glared at her throughout the journey.

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The woman claims that the family gave her dirty looks for the rest of the flight. Credit: EllenMoran/Getty

Despite this, the majority of Reddit users sided with the passenger, emphasizing her right to the seat she had booked and paid for.

"NTA You booked a specific seat for a reason," one defender commented. "They could have booked other seats. It was a short flight, so even if the little girl was sad, it’s not like she was without her dad for a long period of time."

Another supporter stated: "You reserved that seat. If the three of them wanted to sit together, then it was their responsibility to reserve seats together."

Even users who claimed to be cabin crew members supported the passenger's decision. "Definitely NTA even if it feels unfair for the family," one person who claimed to be a flight attendant wrote. "You would’ve been an amazing person if you’d give up your seat that YOU have paid for, but you’re under no obligation to do so."

We can put a man on the moon but can't sit in our correct plane seats.

Featured image credit: fStop Images - Halfdark/Getty

Woman defended for refusing to switch plane seats so a dad could sit with his daughter after getting 'dirty looks'

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

A woman has been defended after she refused to switch plane seats so a father could sit with his daughter, in what seems to be a pretty common occurrence.

It's 2024 and we still haven't mastered air travel.

Flying can be stressful, I get it. It usually involves waking up early, being shouted at by TSA, and sitting in a cramped plane with your legs going numb.

That being said, we can all make it slightly more enjoyable for each other if we just sit in the seats that we've booked.

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Arguments on airplanes seem to happen all too often. Credit: Andrew Merry/Getty

A female passenger is gaining online praise for standing her ground and refusing to give up her pre-booked aisle seat to accommodate a dad who wanted to sit with his wife and daughter, despite the family throwing her dirty looks for the whole flight.

The incident was shared on Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" forum where the unnamed woman detailed the confrontation, stating that the man, in his 40s, was sitting in her specifically booked and paid-for aisle seat next to his wife and daughter. When she requested him to move, he insisted she take his middle seat instead, leading to a heated exchange.

"I kindly asked him to move as he was sitting in the seat I specifically booked and paid more for (I’m mostly comfortable sitting in aisle seats)," the poster explained. "He refused to move and told me to move to his seat which was a middle seat."

The situation escalated when a flight attendant intervened, instructing the man to return to his original seat. Despite feeling justified in her decision, the passenger admitted feeling like the "a**hole" during the short flight, as the family glared at her throughout the journey.

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The woman claims that the family gave her dirty looks for the rest of the flight. Credit: EllenMoran/Getty

Despite this, the majority of Reddit users sided with the passenger, emphasizing her right to the seat she had booked and paid for.

"NTA You booked a specific seat for a reason," one defender commented. "They could have booked other seats. It was a short flight, so even if the little girl was sad, it’s not like she was without her dad for a long period of time."

Another supporter stated: "You reserved that seat. If the three of them wanted to sit together, then it was their responsibility to reserve seats together."

Even users who claimed to be cabin crew members supported the passenger's decision. "Definitely NTA even if it feels unfair for the family," one person who claimed to be a flight attendant wrote. "You would’ve been an amazing person if you’d give up your seat that YOU have paid for, but you’re under no obligation to do so."

We can put a man on the moon but can't sit in our correct plane seats.

Featured image credit: fStop Images - Halfdark/Getty