Two best friends had just concluded a month-long backpacking adventure through Europe, and they were utterly exhausted as they prepared to return home. However, their journey home was stressful and noisy thanks to other passengers.
Beginning the Journey Home
The friends’ journey started with a 4 A.M. shuttle to the airport, leaving them bleary-eyed and struggling to stay awake. The anticipation of their final flight home, which was a lengthy 6.5 hours, was their beacon of hope for some much-needed rest. However, they first had to get through a shorter flight.
A Disappointing Seating Arrangement
The initial flight of their journey featured less-than-ideal seats that didn’t recline backward and were uncomfortably situated near a cubby. It was a restless experience due to the passengers in front fully reclining into them. Given this discomfort, they held out hope for a more comfortable seating arrangement on their final flight.
The Hope for an Empty Seat
As they settled into their three-person row on the second and final flight, they noticed that the aisle seat remained unoccupied. Excitement bubbled as they anticipated the possibility of stretching out and sharing the vacant seat. Their plans ranged from converting the middle seat into the spare and taking turns lying down to leaning back to back for some restorative rest.
A Seat Request
Just as their hopes were on the rise, a woman from a few rows away approached them with a request. She wanted to take the spare seat and planned to have her neighbor occupy it so she could have a full seat for her baby.
A Disappointing Agreement
The friends were somewhat perplexed by the request but agreed, albeit with visible disappointment. “We asked if we could switch seats after a couple of hours because we’d been traveling for a long time and were really rung out. She said okay.”
An Unsettling Twist
After just 45 minutes, far before the two-hour agreement, the woman returned with news that the neighboring passenger would now occupy the empty seat. She told them that they now had to squeeze into their assigned spots.
A Demanding Attitude
The friends, one of them in particular, were not pleased with this woman’s rude and demanding requests, considering they were doing her a favor. The other woman placed her baby seat on the now-empty seat next to her and that was the final arrangement.
A Noisy Journey
The flight continued with the baby becoming increasingly fussy, resulting in constant whining and crying. The mother attempted to pacify the baby with a rattle toy, which added a layer of noise to the already existing cacophony, continuing throughout the flight relentlessly.
Reflecting on the Situation
After disembarking, the frustrated individual vented their frustration to the other. However, their friend didn’t agree – they wrote, “She said I was being selfish for acting so irritated by this woman when she was struggling with the baby”.
An External Perspective
The friend turned to the internet for a second opinion. Thankfully, the internet took their side: “If she wanted an extra seat for her child, she should have bought one… easy”, wrote one commenter.
It’s OK to Be Annoyed
Another reader defended the friend’s frustration regarding the noisy baby: “It’s ok to be annoyed by a loud baby and vent to your friend about it later”, they wrote. “Accosting the mother about the noise would have been rude, but being irritable about it is normal.”
Rude and Entitled
Everyone agreed that the woman had been incredibly rude and entitled, not asking for the favor, but demanding. “Oh my dear Lord!”, one person exclaimed. “I have a baby and a toddler, but if I didn’t pay for a seat, I didn’t pay for it, period. And she came to you and said “That’s it”? As if you were the ones demanding something??? Gosh, the entitlement!”
Everyone Was Wrong
However, one reader believed the friends were acting equally as entitled. They explained: “Neither of you paid for the extra seat. You wanted it so you could stretch out and sleep. She wanted it so the baby could sit in it. You were cranky because you were tired from traveling. She was cranky because she had to mind a fussy toddler.”
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