Woman tries to take her seat on a plane – but she refuses, and what happens next has the internet is divided

I booked an extra seat on the plane for myself because I am overweight and like to make sure I will be comfortable during my flight. Little did I know that a mother and her toddler would think they deserved my extra seat. When I stood my ground and said no... It did not go over too well. Full story in the comments.

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Waiting long hours at the airport can be tiring. With all those people rushing to get their flights, the long queues, and the pressure of flying, not everyone enjoys traveling by plane.

A woman who was about to take a flight wanted to make sure she would be comfortable enough during the trip so she booked a double seat. However, this decision placed her in a very unpleasant situation which required from her to choose between her own comfort and societal expectations.

As she explained, the woman was about to visit her family for Christmas and because of her size, she booked two seats. Of course, she didn’t mind paying more all for the sake of her comfort.

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The check-in went smoothly, and once she passed security and boarded the plane, the woman took her seats.

At one moment, a mother and her 18-month-old child approached the woman. Seeing that she was sitting all by her self on two seats, the mother asked the woman if she could squeeze herself in on one seat so that her toddler sits on the other.

The woman said no, but then the mother started making a scene that caught the attention of the flight attendant. Upon realizing what was going on, the flight attendant asked the woman if she was willing to give the seat to the toddler, but the woman refused once again and the mother was told to keep her son in her lap instead.

However, although the mother did what she was asked for, she was mad at the woman and made her flight a living hell by making rude comments and giving her dirty stares.

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Later on, the woman couldn’t stop but wonder if she did the right thing or she could simply give up one of the seats she paid in full for to the little boy.

She took to Reddit to ask if she was in the wrong for her action.

Fellow Redditors were quick to share their opinion. Among those who commented under the woman’s post was a mother who also traveled with two young children before. “I’ve taken 9-hour flights with an infant in my arms and shorter flights with a toddler in my lap, who was capable of sitting in his own seat and very much did not want me to hold him. Did it suck? Yes. But it was my problem alone, and as long as my child was under 24 months and I didn’t have to pay for his seat, I chose to hold him. I swear, not all of us parents are this entitled!” 

Another person added: “She’s wrong for not buying a seat for her son and assuming someone else would give up a seat they paid for. Odds are she was hoping there’d be extra seats on the flight so she didn’t have to pay and used the lap thing as a loophole.” 

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Another outraged Redditor wrote, “I’d go so far as making a complaint to the airline about their employee supporting another passenger harassing you.”

“You should always do what you can to be as healthy as you can, but being fat isn’t a character flaw or a moral failing. We all have our own challenges in life, and you deserve not to be ashamed of your body and yourself, even if you aren’t currently meeting your goals. If the mom wants an extra seat for her kids, she should have purchased one. She’s not entitled to a seat you purchased, and you don’t need to feel bad for her bad behavior,” someone else wrote.

Some felt for the mother, but eventually everyone agreed that if she wanted a seat for her child she should have simply paid for it.

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