The original poster (OP) and her best friend spent a month backpacking around Europe. Although they hoped to have a relaxing flight back home, unfortunately, that’s not what happened.
They Were Exhausted
She says even making it to their return flight was exhausting because they had to take a shuttle to the airport, which arrived at 4 AM, and could barely keep their eyes open.
The Flight to Europe Was Miserable
She complained that they had horrible seats on the plane while traveling to Europe. She says they were right up against a wall or cubby at the end of the aircraft. The seats didn’t recline but pushed forward a little while the people in front fully reclined into them.
They Were Hoping for a Better Experience
They were miserable the entire flight because they couldn’t sleep. They were hoping they would get better seats when returning home.
They Had an Empty Seat Beside Them
They were excited to see that after boarding the plane for their return trip, the aisle seat remained empty beside them. They believed they could stretch out and share the spare seat after they took the aisle seat and left room between them. They hoped they could both take a nap more comfortably with the extra space.
A Mother Asked to Take the Seat
However, a woman from a few rows down noticed the empty seat. She asked if she could move the passenger beside her to sit beside her and her friend so that she could place her baby on the empty seat.
They Asked for More Time
They were very disappointed, and she was especially agitated because she felt nauseous and desperately wanted to sleep. They asked the flight attendant if they could switch seats after a couple of hours because they had been traveling for a long time and were exhausted, and she agreed.
The Mother Couldn’t Manage
But shortly after they were served their snack, the woman couldn’t manage her baby and asked the flight attendant to hold it so she could eat. A few minutes later, the attendant came to her and told her that the man sitting beside the woman and baby was coming to fill the empty seat. It had only been around 45 minutes, not half of the flight.
She Was Annoyed with the Mother
She and her friend moved back to their assigned seats, and she gave the mom a rude look and didn’t say anything.
OP Complained to Her Friend
After getting off the airplane, she complained to her friend about having to give up the seat. But her friend said she was being rude for being irritated by the mom who was struggling with her baby. Her friend said she should have been kinder but didn’t say anything because she knew she was exhausted and irritated.
Is She Justified in Feeling it Was Unfair?
She is reaching out to the online community because she wonders if she was justified in feeling upset about giving up the extra seat for the baby or if she was wrong.
The Readers Respond
Many readers in the forum supported OP. They felt she was justified in feeling annoyed by giving up extra space for someone sitting in another row.
“That lady with a baby didn’t pay for it either, yet she felt not only entitled to someone’s seat (the one next to her) but to rearrange assigned seating.”
“I have a kid. I pay for a seat for my kid. On most flights, you can even choose the seats to make sure you’re not separate from your family. I do not understand why people still find themselves in this type of situation. I never expected preferential treatment because I popped a baby out, and I hate it when people do it.”
“Sorry, but if she wants a whole seat for her baby, then she should pay for it. You can’t just decide you are taking a second seat that isn’t even near you. If the baby was over 2 years old, it should have had its own seat anyway. Worse, she then had another passenger move to accommodate her demands.”
Should the Flight Attendant Decide?
Some people felt it was the flight attendant’s right to decide who should be assigned the empty seat.
“The seat belongs to the flight attendant. She is the one who gets to decide who uses it.”
Finally, some people felt that she, the original poster (OP), was no more entitled to the seat than the mother.
“But OP expects preferential treatment. She wasn’t more entitled to the seat than the mother.”
“OP is acting just as entitled as the mother. There was an empty seat that nobody had paid for. So no, OP doesn’t get to claim it and not be called entitled.”
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