A man was left fuming after an elderly woman decided to join his empty plane row – despite having not paid for that seat. The passenger was delighted when he discovered he had bagged himself an empty row on the plane. He realised no one had purchased the two seats beside him and was left with a whole row to himself on the aircraft.
But his delight was quickly interrupted when an elderly woman decided to move seats mid-way through the flight.
The man, who posted his experience on Reddit, laid across the seats and fell asleep shortly after the aircraft left the runway but was shocked to wake up to find an elderly lady tapping his leg and asking him to move so she could sit down.
Confused, he called over a member of the crew to tell the woman to move back to her own seat, reports the Mirror.
But the crew member refused to make the woman move, pointing out that the man had not paid for either seat beside him.
And when he took to Reddit to share his experience, several more people backed up the cabin crew.
Posting to “Am I the A******”, the man wrote: “I was flying to Asia on AirAsia. The flight length is 7 hours. The setup is 3-3-3, three seats on the sides, and three on the middle aisle. Most people have their seats set up so it’s x-o-x, two people in each row, with a space between them. I get lucky and have a row all to myself o-o-x.
“But I didn’t want to take a chance to move so I put all my stuff in my seat pouch (tablet, water bottle, phone, earphones).
“During take-off, I stay in my assigned seat, then when the seat belt light goes off I put on my earplugs and eye mask and lay down. About 30 minutes in someone taps my leg, I wake up and reposition in the middle seat.” He then claimed he was tapped by someone he termed an “old” lady, who “sat down in my original assigned seat when I got up.”
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His post continued: “I thought she was sitting down to let people pass her by, but she stays there and starts putting her purse under the seat and water bottle in the seat pouch (my stuff is still inside). She gestures for me to move to the other seat. I’m just confused and stare at her for a good minute thinking what is going on.
“I call the help button. A crewmember comes and I explain that the woman is sitting in my assigned seat and the other seats in the row were not occupied, so it is obviously not her assigned seat, so I’m asking him to tell her to leave. He says that since I moved seats she can too. Visible confusion just radiates from my eyes. At this time she didn’t say anything to this crewmember.
“She gestures for me to move over to the other aisle seat again so it’s x-o-x, but I tell her no. So I decided to just play hardball and get my tablet from her seat and start watching movies. Another 20-30 minutes go by and they start serving drinks. She gets a drink and starts having a long conversation with a different crew member.
“Idk what they said, but she chugged her drink, took her stuff (I was watching if she was trying to steal something) and left. Never saw her again. She wasn’t even in the vicinity when I went to the bathroom, no idea where she came from.
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“When she left I laid down and went to sleep. So [Am I the A*****?] for not moving over to share the row with this woman?” In response, people were quick to blast the man, with one person going so far as to say: “You sound entitled as hell.”
Someone else commented: “If you’re going to throw a strop about people not sitting in their assigned seats then follow your own rules.” And a different person said: “You moved seats- she can too! It wasn’t ‘your’ row; you had one seat in the row. You cannot claim more than one seat, or an entire row. You sound like you behaved really badly tbh – playing ‘hardball’?! Ridiculous.”
In an update to his post, the man clarified: “I laid down on the row. Someone tapped my leg, I got up because I thought it was crew telling me to put on my seat belt. It just happened that when I sat up I ended up in the middle seat. Before I had the chance to say or do anything the lady took my seat without saying anything. I did not willingly move to the middle seat. I just sat up and she took it, so even if I wanted to move to my assigned seat, I couldn’t because she was there.”
But whether or not the extra information will convince previous commenters remains to be seen, as someone suggested: “She could only sit there because you weren’t sat in because you moved.”