Traveller’s response to family’s mid-flight request sparks furious debate online

Traveller’s response to family’s mid-flight request sparks furious debate online
  • PublishedSeptember 20, 2023

‘This is rude’.

traveller has ignited a furious airline etiquette debate after she refused to swap seats for a family to sit together.

Audrey Peters, a content creator from the US, said a stranger had asked her to move to a middle seat – leaving her laughing over the unfair request.

It’s unclear whether the 25-year-old booked an aisle or a window seat – but she made it abundantly clear she wasn’t going to give up her spot to be wedged between two passengers.

“When a family asks me to switch seats on the plane so they can sit together,” she said in a TikTok video – as she filmed herself sipping a glass of champagne after the seat rejection.

“No I’m not switching for a middle seat. Book your flights earlier babes.”

Her video has been viewed more than 840,000 times – with a majority of people applauding her for refusing to switch seats.

“I would simply never ask. My kid could be seated five rows away. I’d be like well, ‘See ya in arrivals’,” one mum said.

Another revealed: “My parents purposely booked my whole family apart so we couldn’t fight.”

‘Not my fault’

One suggested: “As a mum, I fully agree. It’s only okay if your new seat would be better than the one you paid for.”

Another said: “As a mother-of-two… I fully agree with your stance.”

One added: “It’s not my fault you guys didn’t plan it better.”

Another added: “If you’re asking to switch seats my new seat has to be equal or better than where I am now. Otherwise no dice.”

While one recalled: “So funny people are like this. My mum literally ditched us when her seat got upgraded to first class.”

The 25-year-old said a stranger had asked her to move to a middle seat - leaving her laughing over the unfair request. 
The 25-year-old said a stranger had asked her to move to a middle seat – leaving her laughing over the unfair request.  Credit: Audrey Peters

Many said they were fed up with passengers attempting to switch seats.

“I’m so sick of people thinking it’s ok to disrupt someone for their lack of planning,” one said.

Villain or fair call?

Another revealed: “I remember when I worked my a** off to fly first class for the first time and I got made out to be the villain because I didn’t wanna move.”

One wrote: “It’s so not fun when you reserve a seat and people ask you to move to a middle seat.”

Another agreed, saying: “100 per cent, it blows my mind that people sometimes then proceed to give you an attitude because you don’t want to switch.”

While one suggested: “I paid for my seat. Either give me the money or book earlier. Not my fault you’re too cheap to pay.”

‘This is rude’

However, not everyone was on Audrey’s side with her seat refusal.

“Disagree, it’s just compassion for others. This is rude,” one said.

Another wrote: “I love you! But c’mon, I have kids but have always paid extra to be together. But can’t control cancellations and sh**** rebooking. Be better.”

One suggested: “To be honest – this mindset p***es me off.”

While another added: “God forbid we be expected to make anyone’s life easier!”

Meanwhile, some offered an explanation as to why seats can often split groups up.

“To be fair, sometimes when you book with points for example, you cannot book the entire family together at the same time,” one explained.

Another said: “People don’t realise that airlines make changes to seats you paid and booked for, months in advance.”

While one added: “The airline separates families all the time even though you book well in advance… happened to me.”

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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