A Young Girl Had an Anxiety Attack and Was Reduced to Tears when A Couple Cursed at Her After Taking ‘HER’ Seat on A Flight

Emily, a fifteen-year-old girl with anxiety due to childhood trauma, had a difficult experience on her first flight to Florida when a couple stole her seat and were rude to her, reducing Emily to tears. Here is what she had to say:

She Was Nervous

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Fifteen-year-old Emily was excited but nervous as she boarded her first flight to Florida. She had suffered from a traumatic experience in her childhood that caused her to feel anxious when being yelled at for something she couldn’t control.

She Informed Staff

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Her mother accompanied her to the gate, informing the airline staff that she was a minor and it was her first time flying, hoping it would help ease her daughter’s anxiety.

She Was Shaking

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As Emily boarded the plane, she was visibly shaking. The flight attendant noticed her distress and introduced her to the pilots, allowing her to see the cockpit. The flight attendant then escorted her to her seat, which was a window seat that Emily had pre-booked and paid for.

She Was Politely Asked to Move

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However, when she arrived at her seat, there was another girl sitting in it. The flight attendant politely asked the girl to move to her assigned seat, but the girl’s boyfriend suggested that Emily could sit in the aisle seat instead.

She Insisted

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The flight attendant knew about Emily’s anxiety and insisted that the girl move to her assigned seat, which caused her to become angry and curse under her breath.

She Began to Cry

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Emily’s anxiety worsened as she overheard their comments, feeling like she couldn’t breathe. She stood up, walked to the front of the plane, and began crying.

She Wanted to Get Off

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The flight attendant asked Emily what was wrong, but she was too nervous and scared to speak. She simply said that she wanted to get off the plane. Another flight attendant went to investigate and found out what had happened. A man sitting behind Emily spoke up and told the flight attendants what had happened, and how the couple had made her feel.

A Kind Man Offered His Seat

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A kind man sitting in the front of the plane offered to switch seats with Emily, so she could have the window seat and avoid the couple. The rest of the flight went smoothly, but Emily’s anxiety was still high during take-off, landing, and any turbulence.

She Told Her Family

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When Emily arrived at her destination in Florida, she told her family what had happened. Some of them suggested that she should have just ignored the couple’s comments and sat in the aisle seat. Emily felt like she could have handled the situation differently and wondered if she was in the wrong.

Straight to the Internet

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Looking back on the incident, Emily realized that she had every right to be upset and that the couple’s behavior was unacceptable, but she still felt torn that her anxiety held her back from just sitting in another seat. With this in mind she reached out to a popular internet forum for advice.

The Internet Responds

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One person commented, “Kudos to the man behind you for helping you out, and for the the kind man who changed seats with you so you can have a window seat. Your family should be more sympathetic though, knowing about your anxiety.”

Another Commenter Responds

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Someone else writes, “Lift up the armrest because “the seats are just so small nowadays” and take up half of their seat. Get up CONSTANTLY to use the bathroom; “oh, sorrrrryyyy… I think I have a UTI”. Fart with reckless abandon. Play “Ooh I want to look out the window” every 5 minutes. Oh no, now the overhead light is too bright so let’s turn it off. 3 minutes later, oh crud I forgot I had a book, let’s turn that back on. 4 minutes later, Nah on second thought, let’s turn that light off and get a quick and loud nap in, did I mention I have sleep apnoea? Repeat ad nauseum. Buy the cheesiest meal they have on the menu, and make sure to burp in their direction frequently because you forgot you were lactose intolerant. Watch a funny movie with the headphones all the way up and laugh loudly and obnoxiously at every funny scene and even the unfunny scenes. When they inevitably complain, look them dead in the eyes and say you paid to be on this flight and they are ruining your flight.”

A Final Response

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A third person puts, “You handled what would already have been a stressful flight correctly by approaching the stewardess for help. One man told the stewardess how badly you were mistreated and another changed window seats with you because other passengers could clearly see that this couple was trying to bully you when you were in the right. Quite frankly, I’m disgusted by that entitled couples demand for your window seat. You should be proud of yourself. So often people who are shy or anxious are mislabelled as weak. You are not weak. You are sensitive and strong. I am so proud of you.”

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