A woman has shared how she refused to give a toddler her extra seat, leaving the mother and other passengers furious.
Writing on Reddit, the 34-year-old woman explained that she booked two seats to make her cross-country flight comfortable.
But her excitement went down the drain when a mother demanded she ‘squeeze into one seat’ so her fussy son could relax in the other.
The woman wrote: “I am obese. I’m actively working toward losing weight and I’ve made progress – but I booked an extra seat because I’m fat.”
She explained that she insisted on keeping both seats because she paid for it but the young mother and her son ‘ruined’ the rest of her journey.
“The mom made a big fuss over it, and she told the flight attendant I was stealing the seat from her son.
“Then I showed her my boarding passes, proving that I paid for the extra seat. The flight attendant asked me if I could try to squeeze in, but I said no, that I wanted the extra seat I paid for.”
The woman said that the toddler did not need his own seat and could have sat on the mother’s lap but the mom wanted her son to take the seat.
“I got dirty looks and passive-aggressive remarks from her for the entire flight and I do feel a little bad because the boy looked hard to control – but am I in the wrong?” she asked.
Reddit users were shocked by the flight attendant and the mother’s behavior.
One person commented: “What’s even the point of the extra seat if the flight attendants are going to let entitled people bully others into giving it up?”
Another wrote: “The mum is an a**hole for not buying a seat for her son and assuming someone else would give up a seat they paid for. Odds are she was hoping there’d be extra seats on the flight so she didn’t have to pay and used the lap thing as a loophole.”
A third said: “People buy entire seats for high-end musical equipment. Not even people. Their lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on your part.”
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