A passenger found themselves settled into an aisle seat on a long-haul flight from Europe to the United States. Eager to make the most of the flight’s duration, they had planned to indulge in a binge-watch session of the first season of “Game of Thrones” using their tablet.
Settling in for the Show
With their tablet in hand, the passenger made themselves comfortable and set up their device, wearing headphones to ensure a private viewing experience.
An Unexpected Interruption
An hour or two into the show, their immersion was interrupted by a woman seated two rows behind them. This fellow passenger tapped the viewer on the shoulder and expressed her concern about the content being displayed on the tablet.
Inappropriate for Children
The passenger explained why this happened: “She told me that her young son could see the show playing on my tablet and it’s totally not suited for such young children because of the sex and violence involved in it.”
A Polite Exchange of Views
Despite understanding her perspective, the passenger chose not to comply with the request to stop watching. The woman reiterated her concern for her child and the content he might inadvertently view.
The Accusation Of Being Inconsiderate
In response to the refusal, the woman accused the passenger of being inconsiderate toward others on the flight, asserting that their decision was unkind, given the presence of a young child nearby.
The passenger was frustrated by the woman’s interruption. They had taken measures to use headphones and enjoy their chosen entertainment discreetly, so the chances of the child witnessing anything inappropriate were minimal.
Attempting to Compromise
Despite believing that the woman was overreacting, the passenger decided they would make further effort to make their tablet more discreet. However, determining whether the child could actually see the content displayed on the tablet was not straightforward, as he kept moving around and switching seats.
Inappropriate Content Everywhere
The passenger also had a sudden realization: “The in-flight entertainment system offered various movies and TV shows that were also not suited for children, and none of these shows were censored”. This helped to further justify his judgment on the situation.
The Question of Right and Wrong
In light of these circumstances, the passenger found themselves questioning whether they were justified in their decision to continue watching Game of Thrones. They wondered if the woman’s accusation of them being inconsiderate held merit or if they were within their rights to exercise their choice of in-flight entertainment.
The Internet’s Thoughts
Fearing that they may have acted wrongly, the passenger headed online to see what other people thought. Some readers defended them, with one writing: “GoT is not appropriate for a child but this is a rather unreasonable request. She is two rows behind you… it is not like it is just playing in the kid’s face. She could have swapped seats with the kid or distracted him.”
Available as in-Flight Entertainment
Another person commented with their interesting perspective: “I flew from Paris to Arizona and watched half a season of GoT. Why? Because it was provided by the airline. If it bothers her so much she could switch seats with her child so they can’t see.”
Defending The Woman
Despite a few comments defending the passenger, most people were angry with them. “Don’t watch something with graphic sex scenes in public. When did that stop being common sense?” Rhetorically asked one community member. Another person agreed, writing: “I personally would have turned it off as I don’t feel entitled to watch stuff like that in public.”
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