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Man Refused to Switch Seats for Elderly Couple on a 12-Hour Flight Because He ‘Paid Extra to Sit There’

A man sparked online debate by revealing that he refused to give up his plane seats for an elderly couple after paying for an upgrade.

Taking to Reddit’s AITA forum, an unnamed man said a few years ago, he and his partner planned a 3-month trip to around the world. For a 12-hour flight from New Zealand to Los Angeles, he booked premium seats as he needed more leg room because he is 6’3’’ tall.

“Saw a few plane seat related posts so I thought I would add my story,” the Redditor wrote. “Few years ago my SO and I planned a 3 month trip around the world. Our first flight was from New Zealand-LA. 12-13 hours. We booked and paid for our flights and I added the premium economy seats as I’m 6’3 and wanted the extra leg room. Cost an extra $60.”

However, when he reached his seats on the plane, he and his significant other found an elderly couple in their mid-70s sitting in their seats.

“This flight was with Air New Zealand, the screen has your name on it when you get to your seat. “Welcome churtothechur” We get on the plane. Find our seats and there is this older couple sitting there (mid 70s). I ask them if they got confused with their seat numbers. They hadn’t.”

The couple then asked the man and his partner to sit in their seats which were ten rows back and with no leg room.

“I show them my ticket and seat number abd point to my name on the screen. They then ask me just sit in their seats which was 10 rows back. No leg room.”

The man explained their conversation:

Me: “you want me to sit in your seats?”

Old people: “yes that would be nice thank you”

Me: “I paid extra for these seats and would like to sit in them. Please move to your seats.”

Old People: “oh it’s not that bad there’s plenty or leg room.”

Me: “yeah there’s plenty of leg room in my seats because I paid for it. I’ll help move your bag if you need.”

He said then the flight attendant came to ask what happened as the line of passengers trying to get to their seats was getting too long.

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OP: “this man wants us to move seats!”

FA: “sir please go to your allocated seats.”

Me: “here is my ticket, these people are sitting in my seats. I paid extra because I need to leg room.”

FA to old people: “excuse me, you will have to move to your own seats as you have not paid for these seats.”

Old people: “well can we please have an upgrade?”

FA: “sorry this is a full flight so that’s not possible.”

Old people: “Pikachu face.”

The man then concluded his post by saying he got some stinky eyes from other people on the flight but since he paid extra for the leg room, he needed his seats.

The post received over 2000 comments from fellow Redditors and the comment section was filled with different opinions.

“This isn’t a 2 hour flight where you buck up for the good of old people, which is still not right given the social experience that is flying – I wouldn’t care if it was a 2 hour flight there is still the principle of the matter, but I may cave depending on my mood. 12-13 hours is no joke though – there is no giving in. You move those people or the plane doesn’t take off!” one wrote.

“You’re definitely not the asshole – those people are. Their entitlement and lack of self reflection is truly astounding in the worst ways,” a second said.

“Health is irrelevant. You get what you pay for, not what people deem as acceptable based on your age. Those old people knew what they were doing,” added another.

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Source: Reddit

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