Man divides opinion after refusing to switch plane seat with mum and baby

A bloke has left social media users gobsmacked after he revealed he’d refused to swap seats with a mum and baby.

We’ve all been asked to give someone our seat before whether because they want to sit with a partner or they desire the aisle.

But, if you’ve paid extra to select the perfect seat for you it can be irritating to be asked to sacrifice your preferred spot.

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The anonymous man explained what happened on Reddit where he asked if he was wrong for reacting as he did.

The passenger claimed he’d paid a lump of extra cash to sit in a front row seat with his wife for a 10 hour flight from Europe to Asia.

He did so because the seats have miles of extra leg room to stretch out in and he and his wife are both long-legged.

But, everything went wrong as he boarded and prepared to flop into his chosen seat.

He wrote: "There was woman holding a baby seated in the middle seat.

"We had booked the two aisles on the off chance that the middle seat may be empty but with full intention for me to switch to the middle seat if the passenger wished to sit in one of the aisles and not between us.

"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?'"

The lady’s partner was assigned a seat a row behind them on the left hand aisle.

His wife said that she needed him next to her so he could help her with their small baby.

But, the bloke didn’t want to move as he would be cramped in the seat which didn’t have any extra leg room.

He continued: "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.

"She then claimed that she and her husband had paid as well but they placed him in the second row, which seemed very suspect.

"Either way I stayed firm. Then the steward came and requested me to switch with the husband on her behest and I had to tell him the same thing, making things quite awkward.

“She then threw daggers at me for some time. The baby started crying after a while as well."

We’re shuddering at the thought of such awkward vibes for 10 straight hours.

Eventually the flight attendant returned and offered the pair two vacant seats in another front row to the couple.

He wrote: "We ended up moving there but could hear this lady animatedly make comments about us to her husband from behind for sometime after that."

The man noted that he and his wife thought the woman’s “poor planning” wasn’t their problem.

However, his in-laws thought they should have moved as the woman had a baby.

In the comments a debate broke out.

One person stated: "You paid for them, they're yours. Even if she was telling the truth and they were somehow able to also book those seats, that's the airline's problem, not yours."

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"I wouldn’t have moved either,” added another. “My husband and I book and pay extra so we can sit together. Other people’s seating issues are not my problem."

But, not everyone was ungenerous in their opinions.

One woman said: “It is conceivable that she booked seats and the airline moved her husband. That's happened to me before.”

Another added: “The front row seats in a cabin section are usually designated for under 2s, and have a pull down table which a travel cot can be placed on outside of take-off and landing.

“I know with many airlines, you often cannot book these seats unless you have a lap-infant ticket.”

Would you have swapped seats? Tell us in the comments section…


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