Man Refused To Switch Seats For Elderly Couple On Plane Because He 'Paid Extra To Sit There'

By Abdul Rafay in Travel On 15th July 2023
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On a plane, a guy refused to give up his seat to an elderly couple because he had "paid extra to sit there."

It's fair that none of us want to deal with a last-minute seat switcheroo because flying can be a hassle even when things are going smoothly, what with crying babies, shoddy onboard restrooms, and the chaos of duty-free fanatics.

This was the case, however, for one guy who flatly refused to give an "old couple" his seat, and he has an excellent excuse for it.

The man posted about the embarrassing incident on Reddit under the subject, "Old couple try to take our seats on a plane."

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He began by describing the three-month vacation around the world he and his significant other had planned.

The man took special efforts in advance to make the lengthy 12- to 13-hour first travel from New Zealand as comfortable as possible.

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

It ended up costing an "extra $60" for the "premium economy seats," but hey - I guess you can't put a price on comfort and not having to endure agonizing leg cramps for half of a day.

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He continued by stating that the flight in question was operated by Air New Zealand, an airline that has a screen that displays a passenger's name when they reach their seat.

When the jet setter and his companion board the aircraft, they discover that another pair has taken their seats.

"[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."

Then he pointed to his name on the screen while displaying his ticket and seat number.

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

The next interaction he had with the "old people" was then described, and it was undoubtedly not the most pleasant.

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

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

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

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

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

After observing that the line in the aisle was "getting long," a flight attendant subsequently entered the fray.

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According to the Reddit user's account of what transpired, the elderly couple informed her: "This man wants us to move seats!" only to be told by the staff member to go return to their 'allocated seats'.

The man explained: "Here is my ticket, these people are sitting in my seats. I paid extra because I need to legroom."

The flight attendant then told the old couple: "Excuse me, you will have to move to your own seats as you have not paid for these seats."

After the whole process, the elderly couple really went above and above by asking the staff person if they could "have an upgrade," to which they were told it was "a full flight" and "not possible."

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The elderly couple, who were understandably upset, displayed what a Reddit user has dubbed the "Pikachu face," which is essentially a meme that shows an expression that is the furthest thing from pleased.

"I got some stink eyes from other people on the flight," he concluded.

"I paid for the extra leg room and I need it."

What conclusions can you draw from it?

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The incident prompts a broader reflection on the delicate balance between personal comfort and acts of courtesy when seat assignments are challenged. While the man had valid reasons for wanting to retain his paid seats, others argue that kindness and accommodation should prevail, particularly when dealing with elderly passengers. 

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Reddit users expressed their opinions about the controversial situation in droves in the comment area.

The situation raises questions about the boundaries of personal comfort and the responsibility of passengers to be considerate toward fellow travelers, especially those with specific needs. Airlines, too, have a role to play in establishing clear policies and fostering an environment that encourages empathy and understanding among passengers.

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The clash of comfort and courtesy experienced on the plane underscores the complex dynamics involved in air travel. Balancing personal comfort and the expectations of others can create tensions and diverging viewpoints.

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While the man defended his decision based on the investment he made for added legroom. The incident sparks broader discussions about the social contract between passengers and the role of airlines in facilitating harmonious interactions. 

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As air travel continues to be a prevalent mode of transportation, it is crucial for passengers and airlines alike to find a balance that respects personal comfort. While fostering an atmosphere of consideration and mutual understanding.