A Man Treated Himself and His Girlfriend to First-Class Seats on The Flight to Their Family Vacation, but His Mother-In-Law Was Upset as She Was Left in Coach

A man was preparing for a family trip with his girlfriend, Diana. Diana’s parents would also be joining them for the vacation, and the whole family would arrive at their destination via a flight. Tensions rose after his mother-in-law was made aware of the seating arrangements. Here is what he had to say: 

Built Like a Football Player

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The man explained that his body type was out of the ordinary. “I’m a big guy”, he wrote. “In fact, I was an NCAA Division II Tight End… for non-Americans, think of the size of a rugby player, and for non-sports people, I’m a big dude”, He humorously explained.

Physically Uncomfortable to Fly

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Due to his large size, back pain, and frequent plane travel for work, the man often chose to upgrade his flight seating to avoid physical discomfort. 

A Special Surprise Planned

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Instead of upgrading his seat alone, the man secretly upgraded both his and Diana’s seats to first class, intending to surprise her at the airport. He eagerly anticipated her reaction, planning to make the trip extra special for her.

The Airport Revelation

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At the airport, when first-class passengers were called, he encouraged Diana to join him, despite her initial hesitations. Upon checking her boarding pass, Diana was taken aback by the upgrade. 

The Parents’ Reactions

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Learning that his daughter would be flying first-class with her boyfriend, Diana’s father was amused and happy for her. On the other hand, the man’s mother-in-law appeared far less pleased.

A First-Class Experience

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The couple enjoyed their time in first class, relishing the experience. Diana was grateful and expressed her thanks, with only a minor request for advance notice in the future.

In-Law’s Mixed Feelings 

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After the flight, the mother-in-law confronted the man, expressing her discontent. “She said, ‘How could you leave us to rot in coach whilst you two lived it up in first-class?!” The man continued: “To be fair, my father-in-law really didn’t care, he said he slept the whole way and that he’d have left us too if he had the money.”

Justifying Her Discontent

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However, the man’s mother-in-law did not take such a humorous stance. “She said we should all go first-class together or not at all, that it isn’t really fair or a good look to have two parties be in different classes like that”, he explained. 

Reflecting On the Situation

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The man later discussed the situation with Diana, who, while appreciating the gesture, again suggested that such surprises might be better suited for private trips rather than family ones.

The Dilemma

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Facing his mother-in-law’s discontent and Diana’s perspective, the man began to question whether he was in the wrong for his actions. He acknowledged that his mother-in-law was generally a nice person, but wondered if this particular situation had set her off unreasonably.

Seeking Perspective

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The man headed online to see what members of an online community thought about the situation. “You don’t have to travel as a herd”, remarked one community member. “Your mother-in-law is just jealous! She could have paid to be in first-class but she thinks that she is entitled to have you pay for it.” 

Chilled Father-In-Law

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A lot of readers were quick to comment on how cool the father-in-law seemed in comparison to his wife. “Your mother-in-law is jealous and petty which doesn’t look good on an elderly person, she should have more grandness at her age”, one person jeered. “Your father-in-law sounds way more chill.”

Somewhat Inconsiderate

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Whilst most people agreed that the mother-in-law had overreacted, some felt he had made a mistake. “Slightly your fault”, another person wrote. “They invited you to spend time with them. I agree with your girlfriend – you had a great thought, but it would have been better to save it for a couple’s trip, rather than widening the difference in treatment between you and the in-laws.”

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