A 32-year-old man was traveling between two major European cities on an economy-class flight and checked in for his flight the night before. He soon encountered problems when a tall man stopped him from reclining his seat.
As a personal preference, he selected a window seat but decided against paying an additional fee for extended legroom. He felt the standard seating offered sufficient space for his intended purpose of getting some sleep during the relatively short 1.5-hour flight.
The Tall Passenger Dilemma
After takeoff, the man reclined his seat, due to the person in front of him doing the same. However, an awkward situation arose when the passenger seated in the middle of the aisle behind him, who happened to be extraordinarily tall, stopped him from reclining further.
Inconvenience For Fellow Passengers
This tall individual, who the man estimated to be 6’8, extended his legs into both the aisle and window seats, causing minor inconveniences for five people in total.
A Civil Conversation
The man responded to the situation with understanding and offered not to recline his seat further. However, he also snapped, ‘Next time, you can choose a different seat so as to not inconvenience 5 other people’.
A Difference Of Opinion
The tall passenger expressed his inability to pay the additional 20 euros necessary for a seat with extra legroom. However, the other man did not take this excuse seriously: “He is flying to one of the most expensive cities in the world, and choosing an aisle option is free”.
Disagreement Of Responsibility
The tall man argued that it should not be his responsibility to choose a different seat. He claimed that flight attendants usually provide him with an aisle seat or an upgrade, but the other man claimed this was a selfish attitude and his height was not the airline’s responsibility.
The man disagreed with this perspective, stating that it was not the airline’s responsibility to provide the tall passenger with a more suitable seat, especially when free options were available.
Exchange Of Fake Words
The conversation between the two passengers became somewhat heated. “He thanks me for my opinion sarcastically, and I sarcastically reply that I’m just looking out for his best interests”, the man explained. “We exchange fake smiles.”
The man believed that the tall passenger’s expectation that others should accommodate him was a form of “rent-seeking behavior” and found it disagreeable on principle.
Asking What The Internet Thought
Adamant that he was in the right, the man posted his story to an online community for reassurance, and this is what he initially received. “We are all responsible for our own burdens”, wrote one reader. “Whether or not it’s his fault that he’s tall, it’s his responsibility not to expect 5 other people to give up their comfort to improve his comfort.”
Defending The Tall Man
In response to the previous comment, another person justified the tall man’s response: “He was UNABLE to pay more. Just because they were flying from an expensive city doesn’t mean the dude was stacked with cash. Bro was sitting middle seat in economy class”.
Despite some people supporting the man, commenters were not unified at all. Another person responded: “You gave an unnecessary lecture telling this guy how he should pick seats on a flight. You also judged him for not already doing these things, when you don’t know his circumstances or anything about him, really.”
Stepping away from the petty arguments, one reader took a different approach, focussing on the action that started the whole conundrum. “Anyone reclining their seats on an economy flight is selfish”, the person concisely concluded.
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