It can be frustrating when a fellow passenger asks you to swap seats with them.
The irritating requests happen often enough especially on planes where it costs money to reserve certain spots.
Plus, you’re less likely to be willing to hand over your chair to someone else when you paid extra for it – and if you’re keen on the aisle, window or extra legroom seat you secured.
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However, the waters can be muddied when parents travelling with young children can’t book seats together.
While there’s almost always the option to pay more to sit together some passengers refuse to splash out thinking they’ll be able to get someone to swap with them or their kid.
However, a woman on Reddit explained that she refused to allow a mum to sit next to her teenager while flying.
She was travelling across the United States and had gone so far as to buy a second seat herself so that nobody would sit next to her.
The woman claims she liked to have “a buffer” between her and the next person.
Posting on the social media site she said: "I had an aisle seat in a three-person row, and people were shuffling around changing their seats before take off.
"I do not know how it works, but apparently, people can occasionally just sit down wherever they want and the flight attendants don't have to deal with it?
"The seating arrangement was me – open seat (mine) – teenage girl I'd place around the seventh grade."
However, when they realised nobody was sitting in the middle seat of the woman’s aisle a “middle-aged woman abruptly sat down in the middle seat and fist-bumped the teenage girl.”
The lady was left with the awkward need to ask the woman to leave.
She said: "Immediately, I told her that I had reserved that seat, and she started by being very considerate.
"She quietly told me she was getting away from a bad situation, and really wanted to sit next to her daughter.
"During this explanation, she repeatedly pointed out her daughter sitting next to her, as if I would be a monster for depriving her of that seat.
“I stuck to my guns though and told her that I would get the cabin attendant if she didn't go back to her seat several rows back in the middle.”
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She continued: "She called me on my bluff, so I flagged one down. He asked if I really needed the middle seat and I said yes.
“Then he politely asked the woman to move, which she did, but not before calling me a 'd******d."
This called lots of attention to the woman who reserved the extra seat.
She added: "Since she did this rather loudly, several people were clearly looking at me, and I couldn't really read what they were thinking. I kind of feel bad about it now, and after arriving safely I wonder if I should have just given up the seat."
Since sharing, the woman's story has racked up hundreds of comments where people told her that her actions were justified.
One person wrote: "I understood that by reserved, you paid for the seat.
“If you did you are not the a**hole.
“I don't get why people don’t check seats before getting on the plane and choose with time how they are going to be seated, they feel entitled to bother everyone."
Someone else agreed: "Not the a**hole, and who cares what a bunch of strangers on a plane you will never see again think?
“You've done nothing wrong.
“None of them will give it a second thought the next day."
What would you have done in this situation? Tell us in the comments…
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