Plane passenger divides opinion for refusing to swap seats with mum and child

Social media users have been left divided over a situation involving Ryanair passengers.

A holidaymaker recently took to Reddit to explain his situation and ask for opinions after he was asked to swap seats with a mother and her baby.

The bloke explained that he had been assigned a middle seat between passengers in the window and aisle spaces.

He noted that he’d wanted his eat to be close to the exit, but when he boarded the flight was asked by a mother if he would swap seats with her husband.

The woman’s partner had been placed 12 rows behind her.

The passenger said: "It may sound odd to buy a middle, but I wanted it to be as closer to the exit as possible and there were no other seats available.

"The flight was landing on a minor secondary airport which has limited train connections so if I wanted to catch the best train, I have to run outside the plane and do passport control asap.

“If I miss that train other option is to wait 1:30 hour or get a 70 dollars cab. So that's why I paid for that seat.

"So I board my flight tired as hell, also business trip was awful and unproductive, and I have this lady with her child of months [sic] quietly sleeping sitting in the window seat.

"She immediately asks if I can move to row 18 so she can seat [sic] with husband. I just said that I paid the seat and I did not want to move, didn't really explain much."

He noted that the “whole row” was looking at him and said he saw the woman text her husband.

The man added: “The worst thing is that the aisle seat next to me was empty, no one showed up so it seemed even more odd that my excuse was that I bought a middle seat. Eventually no one was sitting next to the husband so she moved down the airplane.”

He asked for opinions on whether he was an “a**hole” and commented: “ I mean was physically and mentally exhausted, I paid for my ticket and that exact seat.

“Everyone was judging me yet no one moved a finger to help the mother. Open to hear your opinion."

In the comments, Reddit users were divided, but most decided that the man was not in the wrong.

One said: "You know you have reasons you purchased that seat. It would have been nice of you if you heeded to the lady's request, but you're not obligated to. Why did they not purchase a seat by each other? Not your fault they did not plan this any better."

While another added: "If you WANT to sit together – PAY FOR THE SEAT."

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And a third commented: "I empathise with the family, but why didn't they buy seats together or ask at the gate?

“They took a gamble on the seating and lost, you had no way of knowing what seats would be available until the doors closed."

When asked why he didn’t move to the empty aisle seat, the bloke said: "Yeah it was possible but the lady as soon as the doors closed left.

“I guess she was irritated."

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