Unpaid Seating Etiquette – A Shattered Man and Friend Planned to Sleep on Their Flight, but When a Woman Demanded Their Spare Seat for Her Baby, the Plan Was Put to Bed

A man recently asked for some advice about the etiquette of switching seats on a plane even if the seat wasn’t paid for. Here’s what happened. 

They Had Just Finished Backpacking

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The man and his friend had been backpacking around Europe for a whole month, and it was time to go home – they were exhausted from their adventure and definitely ready to head back. 

They Had No Sleep

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The journey home was broken up into different legs, and to get the first flight, they had to take a 4am shuttle – that meant they hardly had any sleep at all and were only just managing to stay awake. 

The Flight Was Awful

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Despite being so tired, the man and his friend didn’t get any sleep on the first leg of their journey because their seats were so cramped – not to mention the fact that the people in front of them reclined their seats, making the space even smaller. 

The Next Flight Was Longer

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By the time they landed and were getting ready to board the next flight, the pair were dead on their feet. They hoped against hope that this time things would be better, especially since the flight was 6.5 hours. 

There Was a Spare Seat

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Once the man and his friend were seated, they realized something. The man said, “We are in a three-person row, but the aisle seat remains empty as the plane gets close to finishing boarding.”

They Were So Excited 

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The man and his friend came up with a plan – assuming the seat remained empty, they could take it in turns to use it to stretch out, giving them a better chance of getting some much-needed sleep. 

They Thought They Had it Made

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Boarding was completed quite quickly, and, amazingly, the seat next to the friends stayed empty. Their dreams had come true. 

She Asked to Switch 

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After everyone got settled, the friends were surprised to hear a voice. It was a woman a few rows away holding a baby, and she had spotted the empty seat and asked to switch with them. 

She Had a Plan

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The woman had clearly thought things through. The man said, “She would ask her seat neighbor to fill our empty seat so that she can have a full seat for her baby.” 

They Were Disappointed But Had an Idea 

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Not wanting to give up on the idea of their useful spare seat, but also not wanting to give the woman a hard no, they suggested that everyone stay put for the first couple of hours and then change over if there was still a need. That would give the man and his friend a chance to nap as they’d planned, even if it were for a shorter time than they wanted. 

She Was Having Problems With the Baby

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Not long after agreeing to this plan, the woman seemed to be struggling. When the passengers were offered a snack, she had to ask a flight attendant to hold the baby so she could eat it. 

She Just Couldn’t Wait 

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Suddenly, the woman appeared next to the friends and told them the man was coming to sit with them – she needed that extra seat for her baby, and that was that. 

The Baby Was So Noisy 

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Even though the baby now had its own seat, the little thing still couldn’t settle, and on top of being wiped out from traveling and the early start he’d had, the friends now had no chance of sleeping because the baby was either crying or playing with a loud toy. 

He Complained to His Friend 

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The man said, “After we got off the plane, I complained to my friend.” But he didn’t get the reaction he was expecting. 

She Told Him to Be Kinder 

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Rather than agreeing with him, the man’s friend told him to stop being so unfeeling – babies are hard to handle at the best of times, let alone on a plane. She said he should have more compassion. 

Was He Wrong? 

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Was the man wrong to be upset about the way the woman and her baby behaved on the flight, or should he have shown more kindness about the situation? 

The Internet Responded 

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One person said, “Neither one of you was entitled to the seat you didn’t pay for. Seems like you both shared it. I don’t see the problem.”

Another person commented

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“If she wanted a seat for her baby, she could have bought one. And it’s okay to be annoyed by a loud baby and vent to your friend about it later.”

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