A man found himself in an awkward encounter with fellow plane passengers as they refused to move from the seats he’d paid extra for – and received evil glares from others as he demanded they move
Airplane seat disputes are often an awkward encounter – but one man was made to feel in the wrong for asking an elderly couple to move from the seats he’d paid extra for.
Enduring a long-haul fight can already be uncomfortable enough, but it can be even worse when you find yourself in a spat with other passengers who are trying to sit in your seats – especially when you’ve paid more for extra leg room. One man found himself being “glared at” by other passengers as he demanded an elderly couple move from his seats as he’d forked out an extra £50 for the seats for the 12-hour flight.
Taking to the popular forum Reddit, the man admitted to receiving evil glares from passengers after refusing to move from the seat he paid for. Captioning the post, the anonymous bloke wrote: “Old couple try to take our seats on a plane.”
The man explained how he saw a few plane seat-related social media posts and thought he’d add his own awkward ordeal. He wrote: “A few years ago my significant other and I planned a three-month trip around the world. Our first flight was from New Zealand to LA. 12-13 hours.
“We booked and paid for our flights and I added the premium economy seats as I’m 6’3 and wanted the extra legroom. Cost an extra $60 (£50). This flight was with Air New Zealand, the screen has your name on it when you get to your seat.
“We get on the plane. Find our seats and there is this older couple sitting there (mid 70s). I asked them if they got confused with their seat numbers. They hadn’t. I show them my ticket and seat number and point to my name on the screen. They then asked me to just sit in their seats which were ten rows back. No leg room.”
After the elderly couple refused to move from the seats, the man demanded that they return to their original seats as he ‘paid extra’. The man recalled the conversation and asked the couple: “You want me to sit in your seats?
“OP(old people): Yes, that would be nice thank you,” and explained how he told the couple he’d “paid extra for these seats and would like to sit in them” so asked them to move.
To which the couple responded: “Oh, it’s not that bad there’s plenty of legroom.” He then said: “Yeah, there’s plenty of legroom in my seats because I paid for it. I’ll help move your bag if you need it.”
In the midst of their conversation, a flight attendant approached the passengers to question what was going on as a long line had formed in the middle of the plane and the couple told the flight attendant they were being asked to move seats.
He then showed the attendant his tickets with the seat on, to which the flight attendant said to the couple: “Excuse me, you will have to move to your own seats as you have not paid for these seats.” He then recalled how the couple had asked for an upgrade but were told it was a “full flight” so it wasn’t possible.
The man added: “I got some stink eyes from other people on the flight. I paid for the extra legroom and I need it.” Flocking to the comment section, Reddit users shared their opinions about the controversial ordeal.
One person wrote: “I have no idea why the other people who paid extra for legroom would glare at this guy.” Meanwhile, someone else said: “This isn’t a two-hour flight where you buck up for the good of old people, which is still not right given the social experience that is flying – I wouldn’t care if it was a two-hour flight there is still the principle of the matter, but I may cave depending on my mood.
“12-13 hours is no joke though – there is no giving in. You move those people or the plane doesn’t take off!” They added.
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