After This Tired Traveler Refused to Switch Seats so A Family Could Sit Together, She Faces Massive Criticism from Other Flyers Who Helped Instead

Emma, a tired and sleep-deprived traveler on her second eight-hour flight home from Africa via Dubai, faces criticism from a fellow passenger for refusing to switch to a middle seat and splitting up a family who had left their seats to random assignment.

A Long Day of Flights

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When Emma boarded her second eight-hour flight on her way home from Africa via Dubai, she was looking forward to settling into her aisle seat and enjoying her special dietary meal.

Musical Plane Seats

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However, her plans were disrupted when a family with three kids who didn’t speak much English asked her to switch seats with one of their kids so that they could sit together.

Yes… Then No

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Initially, Emma said yes, thinking that it was just a move across the aisle, but she soon realized that they wanted her to switch to a middle seat, which she declined to do. Another passenger then offered her a seat in the back, but Emma refused, explaining that she had booked her seat and ordered a special meal.

Splitting Up a Family

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The other passenger then started loudly criticizing her, saying that she was splitting up a family, which attracted attention from the crew and held up boarding.

Someone Else Switched

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Eventually, another passenger switched seats so that the family could sit together, but the rude other passenger continued to make snide comments about Emma, saying that she thought her seat was too special.

It Wasn’t Fair

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Exhausted and sleep-deprived, Emma told the guy to mind his own business and stop talking about her. She felt that she had organized herself beforehand by booking her seat and ordering a special meal, and she didn’t think it was fair for a random guy to criticize her for not wanting to switch to a middle seat for an eight-hour flight.

Was She the Jerk?

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Despite feeling like she was in the right, Emma couldn’t help but wonder if she was the jerk in this situation. She knew that it was important to be considerate of others, but she also felt like her needs and comfort were important too. In the end, Emma realized that it was a difficult situation, and she did the best she could under the circumstances.

Turning to the Internet

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Emma wasn’t sure if what she did was right. She didn’t want to miss out on her special dietary ordered meal but she didn’t want to split a family up either. She asked the internet for advice on the situation.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “I can’t even tell you how many times families have asked me to switch seats with their children because they didn’t book their seats together in advance. I usually get guilted into switching because I don’t want to end up in situations like this! But it is families’ responsibility to plan these things.”

More Internet Comments

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Another person commented, “If traveling couples or families wish to sit together, they must book their seats. It’s an epidemic of people getting on planes and expecting others, who planned their trips and booked their seats, to change to accommodate them. No way.”

A Final Comment

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This last person posted, “I’ve gone to book solo and almost never see 3 seats in a row available, even 1-2 months out. It’s easy to think all families are lazy, but let’s admit that sometimes it’s not possible. Doesn’t make the family entitled to new seats, but I hate this “blame people for not planning ahead” when sometimes that’s not possible.”

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