A Plus-Sized Woman Booked Two Airplane Seats to Accommodate Her Needs, but A Man Demanded that His Daughter Use Her Extra Seat, and The Woman Refused

A woman was boarding a flight, excited to return home for a Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately, this excitement would soon turn into stress due to an unforeseen return travel experience. 

Plus-Size Needs

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The woman described herself as plus-size, explaining that she had recently been diagnosed with a health condition that caused significant weight gain. She had to carefully consider her seating choices to ensure comfort on the flight for both her, and the people around her. 

Booking an Extra Seat

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To accommodate herself and others comfortably, the woman purchased an additional seat that was adjacent to the seat she planned to sit in. This was to ensure she had plenty of space for herself, whilst also ensuring that she didn’t encroach on the space of her neighbors. 

A Pleasant Outbound Flight

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The woman’s flight took off, and to her delight, she had a friendly neighbor two seats across. Her new friend was very accommodating, and they enjoyed friendly exchanges, shared snacks, and even played games together throughout the flight.

Thanksgiving Celebrations

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The woman’s tactic of reserving extra seats proved successful, and her new friend made her outbound flight an absolute pleasure. She landed, had a pleasant Thanksgiving celebration with her family, and was soon back at the airport for her return flight. 

The Unforeseen Problem

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The woman boarded her return flight and made the same seat reservations as on her outbound flight. As she settled into her two seats, a gentleman approached, attempting to seat his daughter, who was around 12 years old, in the middle seat. The woman politely but firmly explained that the middle seat was booked and that his daughter couldn’t occupy it.

A Father’s Request

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The woman explained how the man responded: “He immediately complained that he hadn’t been able to book seats together and he needed to sit with his daughter. I shrugged and said I was sorry, but it wasn’t my problem.”

Involvement of a Flight Attendant

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To address the escalating situation, the man called over a flight attendant. “I explained my situation and showed my two tickets and the flight attendant offered to comp my extra seat”, the woman recounted. “I said no thank you, I needed the extra room and waved to where my bum was partway into the middle seat.”

A Seat Swap Offer

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Ten minutes later, the flight attendant returned with a passenger who agreed to swap seats, allowing the man to sit with his daughter. The passenger who switched seats attempted to shame the woman for not assisting a father in need and made critical comments about her alleged selfishness.

A Clear Explanation

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In response to the criticism, the woman offered a straightforward explanation. She had booked two seats together because of her size, and the man’s seats were separate. She questioned how she could possibly divide her space to accommodate him.

Mixed Reactions

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The rest of the flight was stress-free, but the altercation played on the woman’s mind. She shared her story with her parents, who had mixed reactions. Her father found humor in the situation, while her mother believed she should have been more willing to help a father with a child, especially when she had two seats.

The Online Jury

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Seeking opinions outside of her parents, the woman headed online to tell her story. Thankfully, the woman received nothing but praise and understanding from readers. “You paid for an extra seat which was considerate and sensible, and he didn’t book two together”, one reader wrote. “I’m sorry they shamed you for that, but it’s not your problem.”

She Paid for Two

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Everyone thought it was ridiculous how the man wouldn’t take no for an answer. “It’s very simple”, one person stated. “You book a seat, you are entitled to it. People can ask you to change but if you say no, that’s it. End of story. I don’t understand why people find this basic rule so hard to comprehend.”

Squish the Daughter

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In a humorous yet poignant comment, one community member wrote the following: “In the WHOOOOLE PLANE, there wasn’t a single other person willing to swap seats!? I’d have been tempted to let her sit there and just squish her, personally.”

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