She Demanded a Traveller Switch Seats with Her on The Plane, but When He Refused, She Ordered Him to Watch Over Her Kids Instead

A traveler was preparing to embark on a flight to visit their parents, and they were excited to discover that they were assigned an aisle seat, as they felt very claustrophobic in small spaces. However, they may have chosen a different seat if they realized the drama that the aisle seat would attract.

Fear Of Enclosed Spaces

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The traveler was relieved to know that they would be sitting in the aisle seat, giving them some room to stretch their legs out and have space to breathe. “I was very thankful for it because I get kind of claustrophobic in middle or window seats”, they explained.

The Aisle Seat Request

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The person settled into their seat and stretched out to relax, but this tranquility was short-lived. A lady with two young children approached them with her two children: “She asks if I would be willing to switch seats with her”, they recounted. “Her’s was a window seat.”

Refusing The Request

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The traveler was quick to reject the window seat swap, which would be a highly enclosed space. Despite this, the woman persisted, seeking their cooperation. The flight attendant intervened, alerting the woman of the impending takeoff, but she continued to press for the seat change regardless.

A Drastic Proposition

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Frustrated by the traveler’s refusal, the lady made an unconventional proposal. She suggested that if the traveler wouldn’t switch seats, they should, at the very least, watch over her kids during the flight.

Rejecting Responsibility

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“I told her I wouldn’t do that, and she should have bought seats together if she was that concerned”, they remembered. “She got all huffy and just went back to her seat.”

A Noisy Dispute

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The flight took off and the person finally felt like they could relax. However, this feeling didn’t last long, as the two kids began to argue, leading to one of them crying loudly. The mother returned, irate, and demanded to know why the traveler hadn’t intervened. The traveler reiterated their stance, emphasizing that they were not going to babysit someone else’s children. 

Resolution By The Aisle

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In retaliation to the woman’s escalating demands, the flight attendant found another vacant aisle seat for the traveler. This finally led to a seat swap, allowing the woman to sit with her children.

The Family’s Verdict

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Upon recounting the incident to their family, the traveler received mixed reactions. Some family members labeled them as selfish, suggesting they should have helped with the kids. The traveler, however, maintained that this was not their responsibility, especially considering that the mother had not arranged for seats together.

The Dilemma Of Responsibility

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However, despite their initial steadfastness, the traveler soon gained a guilty conscience. They questioned whether their decision to decline the lady’s request was justified, or if they had acted overly stubborn and inconsiderate.

Seeking Opinions

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The traveler sought a second opinion from their favorite online community, hoping to get to the bottom of whether they had acted right or wrong. Initially, they were relieved to discover that the community defended them. “You are under no obligation to switch seats… if she wants to sit with her kids she can pay for this – end of story”, one reader commented. 

Someone Disagreed

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However, the traveler would soon discover that not everyone agreed with this stance. “This is one of those situations where people forget that just because you don’t HAVE to do something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t”, someone disagreed. “You kept a mother from her very young children – how was she supposed to parent them?!”

A Shift In Perspective 

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After this comment was posted, everyone began to change their tone. “This is why America is doomed”, lamented another reader. “People can’t be bothered to do the bare minimum to look out for each other anymore. Flying sucks for everyone, and you actively made it suckier for a lot of people.”

Two Separate Conundrums 

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One reader pointed out that there were two separate moral dilemmas at play here, offering their opinion on both. “You suck for not switching seats with the mother”, they started. “However, you did nothing wrong by not watching her kids for her.”

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