A woman and her boyfriend were planning an international getaway, and they were planning to bring along the woman’s 13-year-old son. The trip was supposed to be a simple and heartwarming event, but the boyfriend suggested something that complicated their plans.
A Luxurious Trip
The couple had been together for five years and were excited about the family trip. The trip would begin with business class flights and would consist of a resort stay and various activities.
The boyfriend had already selected the destination for their vacation and was brimming with excitement about the prospect of a family adventure. One key source of the excitement was the expected comforts of business class.
Splitting The Bill
The woman’s boyfriend earned significantly more than she did, but they agreed to split the holiday expenses evenly. This included any associated costs for the woman’s 13-year-old child.
The Plane Seat Dilemma
However, their mutual excitement was interrupted due to a disagreement regarding the flight’s seating arrangements. “He does not want to let my child into business class with us”, the woman explained. “He thinks that my child should be grateful to be getting an international trip and just enjoy the movies and whatever other amenities there are on the flight.”
The Boyfriend’s Perspective
The boyfriend’s perspective was that purchasing the child business class tickets was a waste of money. “He said that it’s not worth the extra cost, even if he were a millionaire”, she recounted.
The Girlfriend’s Disagreement
However, the woman found the idea of being separated from her child for the duration of a nine-hour-plus flight disconcerting. She acknowledged that her child was comfortable on planes but still felt uneasy about sitting apart. She considered downgrading her own flight if her boyfriend refused to share the expense of business class for her child.
The boyfriend perceived his girlfriend’s desire to sit with her child as peculiar. He believed it was an insignificant matter and thought she was hovering too much, labeling her a “helicopter parent.”
The Man’s Further Defense
Defending his perspective further, the boyfriend recounted his own childhood, where he flew economy while his parents enjoyed business class, which he had always been content with.
Standing Her Ground
While she understood his viewpoint, the woman struggled to accept it. She felt that her desire to sit with her child was not unreasonable, and would genuinely prefer to downgrade her own seat, or at least pay for the upgrade herself. She acknowledged that he had been generous with her child on various occasions, so she was willing to make this compromise.
Reaching A Compromise
Eventually, the man agreed with the compromise that his girlfriend was proposing. He was insistent on indulging in the luxury of business class for himself during the long flight, regardless of her preferences. However, if the child was to join them in business class, his girlfriend would have to foot the bill.
The Internet’s Perspective
The woman was happy to reach a compromise, but she still felt conflicted. She understood her boyfriend’s perspective but knew he was being unfair to the child. The woman posted the conundrum online, hoping for a digital verdict. “I think it’s wrong…there’s something unsettling about a parent being on the same flight but in a different seat class”, one person pointed out.
A Unanimous Agreement
Everyone who read the woman’s story agreed that she should ignore her boyfriend’s demands. “Sit in economy with your son”, a commenter suggested. “Let your boyfriend sit in business class alone. If you start letting him exclude your son he will think it’s okay and continue pushing that boundary.”
A Harsh Realization
One commenter suggested that this problem concerned more than just an airplane seat. “This man has been your partner for 5 years, and you say ‘he’s settled on a destination.’ Then you tell us he earns significantly more than you, but makes you split the cost with him 50/50 and pay for your child, who has been in his life since they were just 8 years old. Serious red flags here.”
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