A Woman Asked to Swap Seats on A Plane Because of Her Religious Views, but When the Man Said No, She Got the Flight Attendant Involved

A young man, excited about heading to summer lacrosse camp, found himself in an unexpected situation during a flight. Upon taking his seat, a fellow passenger approached him with an unusual request that took him by surprise.

Religious Taboo

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Upon taking his seat, a woman who was sitting next to him confronted him. “She explained that in her religion it was taboo to sit in between two males, due to possible ‘sexual issues’”, the man explained.

Honest Response

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The young man was caught off guard by this request but had a solution. “I informed her that I was gay and did not have any sexual interest in women”, he recounted.

Solving the Problem

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The man had anticipated that this statement would change everything. By explaining his homosexuality, she would have nothing to worry about, considering that her problem stemmed from a fear of ‘sexual issues’. 

Reporting to Flight Attendant

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However, the woman didn’t seem satisfied with this explanation. She decided to escalate the situation by bringing it to the attention of a flight attendant.

Flight Attendant’s Response

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The flight attendant, after listening to the woman’s complaint, appeared to be in a difficult position. They informed the woman that there was nothing they could do, explaining the complexity of rearranging the seating plan.

Medical Condition

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Adding to the problem, the other man who was sitting next to the woman mentioned that he had a bladder issue. They were currently sitting near the toilet, so he was unwilling to move to a different seat to compromise his health problem for her religious beliefs.

Seat Swap Agreement

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Thankfully, another gentleman sitting in the aisle seat agreed to switch with the young man. This resolved the issue, as the woman got her requested seat arrangement, sitting next to a woman and having an empty space on her other side. 

Defending His Actions

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Throughout the flight and even after it, the man couldn’t help but let the woman’s confrontation play on his mind. He felt that it was a bizarre request, and whilst he didn’t doubt the validity of her religious belief, he had never seen this issue arise before. Regardless, he didn’t feel that this was his problem to worry about. 

Doubting Himself

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However, the more he thought about it, the more he became conflicted. He wondered whether he should have just accepted to sit somewhere else, something that wouldn’t have bothered him too much. 

Her Views on Homosexuality

Calling People _Gay_ as an Insult
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The man also recognized that his comments about being gay may have added fuel to the fire. He understood that homosexuality was sometimes frowned upon by religions, making him wonder whether he had escalated her discomfort by bringing it up. 

Asking the Internet

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The man headed online to share his conundrum, asking readers what they thought about the woman’s request. To his relief, everyone found it equally as bizarre as he did. “There are no religious beliefs that would allow a woman to sit next to one man, but not two”, pointed out one reader. 

She Was Lying

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Almost everyone agreed with this sentiment, proposing that the woman was lying to gain more comfort. “She was looking for an excuse to get out of sitting in the middle seat”, another reader commented. “I might have to try that one out next time I fly, actually”. 

Not His Problem 

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Playing the devil’s advocate, one commenter disregarded whether the belief was true or not. “Assuming her religion really does believe that (it’s nonsense), it would still be her responsibility to figure out, not yours”, they wrote. “Airlines try their hardest to fill every single seat – the logistics of accommodating this would be a nightmare.”

She Should Have Planned Better

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Once again assuming, for the sake of argument, that these beliefs were real, one commenter further defended the man: “You don’t follow her religion. It’s your choice whether you want to switch or not. It was her choice to buy an airline ticket not knowing who might be seated on either side of her. If she was that concerned, she should have made preparations in advance.” 

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