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Another passenger is reporting a bad experience onboard over a seat change refusal and a fellow passenger deciding to take the seat anyway when she went to the lavatory. The 23-year-old woman was shocked to find her seat occupied and her belongings in the aisle when she returned.
According to her Reddit post, she was seated in a middle seat between a woman and her son (who she estimates was six or seven years old). The woman initially demanded that the poster take her aisle seat so that she could sit next to her son. She said she would take the window seat, which made the other passenger snap at her audacity to ask that her son “give up his seat as he is a child and deserves the window seat.” A flight attendant was called and she told them to keep their assigned seats. The woman asking for the change grumbled and allegedly kicked the other passenger throughout the flight.
Later in the flight, she got up to use the lavatory. When she returned, her seat was occupied and her bag and jacket were thrown into the aisle. The flight attendant was called again and all passengers returned to their assigned seats.
This reminds me of a similar situation that I wrote about back in July (more here) where another passenger refused to swap seats.
Anthony’s Take: This is unacceptable. I give the woman credit for standing her ground against the mother and child. I’m not sure how they would have booked a window and aisle unless they were hoping the middle seat would remain empty. I’m not sure why the woman being asked to move would want to stay in the middle next to someone so hostile, but she booked the seat or was assigned it. It’s her choice whether she wants to move.
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