Long flights are exhausting, so when there’s an opportunity to allow yourself more comfort in the air, you take it.
Which is exactly what the Reddit user Bratster22 made. For one of his recent trips, the man reserved a seat with more legroom.
However, a woman with a baby approached him during boarding and asked if she could swap seats with her husband, forcing the man into an awkward position.
In the end, he refused. But as time went on and Bratster22 told other people about the incident, he began to have second thoughts about it.
To leave everything behind, he said What happened to Reddit’s’am i the [Jerk]?‘ community, asking its 4 million members to be the judge of their actions. He keeps scrolling to read the story and let us know what he thinks about it in the comments.
A couple was excited about their flight to Asia, but was forced to go through a difficult situation before the plane even took off.
Image credits: Paul Hanaoka (not the actual photo)
A new mom wanted to switch seats with her husband and didn’t want to take no for an answer.
Image credits: ismail mohamed – SoviLe (not real photo)
Airline seat controversies regularly make headlines. To decipher this particular situation, let’s see what Betty Thesky, flight attendant for a major US airline and author of Betty in the Sky With a Suitcase: Hilarious Stories of Air Travel by the World’s Favorite Flight Attendant, has to say about such conflicts.
“As a passenger, you are perfectly within your rights to ask another passenger to change seats,” he said. said Reader’s Digest. “Just be aware that there’s a good chance they’ll say no, especially if they end up with a less desirable seat (in the middle).”
But Jacqueline Whitmore, a former stewardess, etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, explained to the same outlet that one thing is if a fellow passenger asks you to change seats, but another completely different thing when a stewardess asks you to. . to move.
“Flight attendants move passengers for a variety of reasons (families who want to sit together or passengers with short connections are the most common reasons),” Whitmore said.
But according to her, you don’t have to worry about moving to a worse seat than yours. “If a flight attendant asks if she will change seats, try to be as accommodating as possible. You may end up getting an upgrade or a better seat. Flight attendants will do their best to place you in a comparable seat, not a worse one.”
Of course, when you pay extra money, you have every right to refuse an exchange that would diminish the value of the product or service you are receiving.
People thought that the man had every right to refuse.
If you end up in the woman’s spot and want another seat after boarding the plane, Whitmore said the first thing to do is ask the nearest flight attendant if it’s okay.
If the seat isn’t a premium seat and doesn’t require more money, it shouldn’t be a problem.
As for timing, Whitmore thinks it’s best to ask the flight attendants if they can change your seat before the gates close. But if for some reason you can’t, wait until the plane has reached a comfortable cruising altitude.
Of course, you don’t need to involve a flight attendant and you can take a more do-it-yourself approach. In fact, it can often be the way to do it.
“If you can handle it on your own, then do it. Most people will trade seats with you if you want to sit with your family,” Whitmore explained. “However, if you want a window seat and the window seat in your row is taken, then you can ask a flight attendant to find one for you. Please note this should have been done with the gate agent prior to boarding the plane.”
As with most cases in life, use your best judgment!