This Redditor planned ahead and booked a window seat for his five-hour flight so he could lean against the side and rest. But it seems an entitled mom and her child had other ideas!
OP (Original Poster) was on a five-hour flight for a work conference. To make sure he got enough rest, he booked and paid for a window seat.
He said, “I booked a window seat because I like to lean against the wall to sleep.”
It Just Reeks of Entitlement!
He boarded the plane, settled in, and everything seemed fine. That is until an entitled mom and her entitled child boarded the plane.
The mom said, “Um, you’re in our seats.”
Nope, I’m Right Where I Should Be
OP double-checked the seat and his boarding pass and told the woman that his seat was 23A. The woman acknowledged what he said but argued that her son wanted to be next to the window.
She said, “Yes, but my son really wants to look out the window.”
OP explained that he paid for “this seat specifically,” so he wasn’t giving it up. At this point, the mom started getting agitated and angry.
She argued, “Well, my son has never flown before, and he should get to experience it. You should give your seat to him. He deserves it more!”
Flight Attendant’s Intervention
Like what the mom did earlier, OP acknowledged what the woman said. But he also reiterated that the seat was paid for.
At this point, the flight attendant noticed the commotion, and she approached the two adults, asking, “Is everything alright here?”
When the woman heard the flight attendant, she started complaining to her, perhaps thinking she would be on her side. She said OP was not letting her son sit by the window.
No Room for an Argument
However, the flight attendant didn’t side with the entitled mom. She explained, “Ma’am, the seats are assigned, and he’s in his correct seat.”
He Deserves This!
The entitled mom wouldn’t take no for an answer. She started yelling and screaming, saying, “This is outrageous! My child deserves this experience!”
No Can Do
The woman was causing a scene, but neither OP nor the flight attendant would let her have her way.
The flight attendant just said, “I can’t change assigned seats; you’ll have to sit in your assigned seats.”
Furious but Defeated
Finally understanding that she couldn’t win the argument, the woman just “huffs and puffs” and took her assigned middle seat next to OP.
A Selfish Move
The whole time, she was cursing at OP. The woman was “muttering” things like, “Some people are so selfish!”
Well, That 100% Was Worth It!
OP ended up sitting next to the entitled woman for five hours, and he noted that it was “no fun.” Even so, he held on to his window seat.
He said, “My comfort was worth more than her entitlement.”
After OP shared his nightmare, he’s left feeling exasperated. He said, “Can’t believe people like this actually exist.”
The Community’s Pieces of Advice
For Redditors, OP was way too polite. If they were in his shoes, they’d definitely do more about it!
A top commenter said, “D***, skippy! You were definitely more polite than I would have been. I wouldn’t have caused a scene, but after the third back-chat, I would have told her the actual reason I never swap seats on a flight because if the plane crashes and we become a charred mess of bone fragments that not even dental records can identify, then I want the seating plan to be accurate so that my remains go back to the right family.”
The same person added, “People, it’s just a comment for shock value. It shuts an entitled person up pretty well. Scientific accuracy is not at the forefront of my intention with this comment.”
Here’s to Hoping She Learned Her Lesson!
Some Redditors then gave OP a pat on the back for sticking up for himself, although he got stuck with her nagging for five hours.
“Sucks that you were kinda stuck next to the entitled mom for that duration. Gotta love it when the entitled person is put in their place in these situations,” said one commenter.
Another wrote, “I would have smiled at her from ear to ear as I put my headphones on and closed the window shade to lead against then close my eyes with a big smile. Just rub it and mutter, ‘Poor kid, only if he had a parent who was smart enough to pay for a window seat and not assume people would give up the seat they paid for.’ If she tried to talk, I would point to headphones and say, ‘Sorry, can’t hear you.’”
Do you think OP did the right thing? What would you do if you paid for a seat and were demanded to move?
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This post first appeared as An Entitled Mom Demanded He Give Up His Paid Window Seat Because Her Child “Deserves It More.” He Refused, Saying, “My Comfort Is Worth More Than Her Entitlement!” on Quote Ambition.