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Woman left furious after being ordered to give up spare plane seat for mum and baby

Joe Harker

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Woman left furious after being ordered to give up spare plane seat for mum and baby

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A woman has been left wondering if she was in the wrong after being ordered to give up a spare seat on a plane to make space for someone's baby.

Picture the scene, you've been backpacking around Europe for a month with your best friend and are finally getting a flight home after being entirely worn out by your holiday.

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As the plane starts to fill up, the two of you sit in your row-of-three and notice that nobody's sitting with you, more and more people pile onto the plane but no one is taking the seat right next to you.

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This might be the luckiest day of your life, as you and your friend make for an exhausted pair and if the two of you have three seats, then you've got a little bit of extra room to relax and sleep.

However, any dreams of a spacious sleep on the flight were shattered, as the woman explained that her fellow passenger actually wanted to send over her seat neighbour and take their spare seat so her baby could have a chair all to themselves.

The woman was hoping to use the empty seat as extra space to have a nap. Credit: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty
The woman was hoping to use the empty seat as extra space to have a nap. Credit: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty

Hoping to get a bit of a nap, the woman asked the mother if she could hang on for a couple of hours and it seemed like they agreed to wait a while before enacting the switcheroo.

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However, after just about 45 minutes of flying, the mother 'charged over' and ordered them to make the switch immediately, saying she was sending the man sitting next to her to take the spare seat and free up space for her baby.

For the remainder of the almost six hours of flight time left, the backpackers weren't able to enjoy what had been a free space while the baby had a seat all to themselves.

While the woman was furious at losing the extra space, her friend thought she was getting too angry about the situation, especially since the mother who'd ordered them to give up the extra space had a baby to look after.

Unfortunately there was a mother who hadn't booked a seat for her baby who wanted the space (stock image). Credit: rudi_suardi/Getty
Unfortunately there was a mother who hadn't booked a seat for her baby who wanted the space (stock image). Credit: rudi_suardi/Getty
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Throwing the question out to Reddit, she wanted to know if she was in the wrong and for once, the internet's verdict was that nobody was really in the wrong here.

People pointed out that 'neither one of you were entitled to the seat you didn't pay for', and that Mr seat neighbour probably got a better deal out of the whole thing by not having to sit next to a baby for most of the flight.

Someone else said that 'international travel is a Game of Thrones style battle for power and survival', telling the woman that on this occasion, the mother 'prevailed with her superior determination and manoeuvring'.

The woman admitted that point was 'well put' and appeared to accept that when something as valuable as a free seat was up for grabs on a plane, nothing was off the table.

Topics: Travel, Plane Etiquette, Parenting

Joe Harker
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