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Couple refuse to move plane seats for elderly couple because they 'paid extra to sit there'

Callum Jones

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Couple refuse to move plane seats for elderly couple because they 'paid extra to sit there'

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A couple refused to move plane seats for an older couple on a flight because they 'paid extra to sit there'.

Flying and plane etiquette in general can be a bit of a nightmare at the best of times, whether that is the screaming baby on-board or the drunk passenger on the flight over to Magaluf.

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It can be pretty frustrating, right? So the last thing you want to do when you've found your seat and got comfy is to move.

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However, this is exactly what happened to one couple who were asked to move aside by an 'old couple', though they refused their fellow traveller's request.

The man of the couple took to Reddit to share the awkward encounter and titled the post: "Old couple try to take our seats on a plane."

The first flight on the couple's travel itinerary was a mammoth 12-13 hours trek, so they paid a little extra cash to ensure they were comfy for the duration.

"We booked and paid for our flights and I added the premium economy seats as I'm 6'3 and wanted the extra leg room," he continued.

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The whole plane story was explained on Reddit. Credit: Pexels
The whole plane story was explained on Reddit. Credit: Pexels

The 'premium economy seats' ended up costing an 'extra $60' - which certainly isn't the cheapest, is it?

He went on to explain the flight was with Air New Zealand - an airline which has a screen showing a passenger's name above the seat - very much like trains here in the UK.

The couple boarded the plane but noticed their seats had been taken by another couple.

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"[We] find our seats and there is this older couple sitting there (mid 70s). I ask them if they got confused with their seat numbers," the man penned. "They hadn't."

The man claims to have showed them his ticket and their subsequent name on the screen above the seats.

"They then ask me just sit in their seats which was 10 rows back," the man wrote, adding that there was 'no leg room' in the proposed new seats.

The 'old couple' were sitting in the couple's seats. Credit: Pexels
The 'old couple' were sitting in the couple's seats. Credit: Pexels
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The Reddit user then recalled the conversation with the older couple.

Explaining the encounter, he began: "Me: you want me to sit in your seats?

"OP (old people): Yes that would be nice thank you.

"Me: I paid extra for these seats and would like to sit in them. Please move to your seats.

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"OP: Oh it's not that bad there's plenty of leg room.

"Me: Yeah there's plenty of leg room in my seats because I paid for it. I'll help move your bag if you need."

A fight attendant then got involved after noticing the commotion, and told the 'old couple' to move to their allocated seats.

The old couple then apparently asked for an upgrade, but they were informed the flight was full so that was not possible.

Subsequently, they retuned to their seats, giving the man a rather unimpressed look as headed ten rows back.

Topics: Travel, Reddit

Callum Jones
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