I’m fat and refused to give a toddler the extra seat I’d paid for on a flight – his mum lost it at me and angry passengers took her side
- An obese woman clashed with a young mum over an airplane seat
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An obese woman has come under fire after refusing to give up her second airplane seat for a fussy toddler – but she believes she’s done nothing wrong.
The 34-year-old woman originally booked two seats on her cross-country flight because of previous experiences being unable to comfortably fit into one seat.
She was excited to visit her family for Christmas – but everything went downhill when a young mum demanded she ‘squeeze into one seat’ so that her son could sit in the other.
‘I am obese,’ she admitted on Reddit. ‘I’m actively working toward losing weight and I’ve made progress – but I booked an extra seat because I’m fat.’
She revealed that she insisted on keeping her second seat because she paid for it, but it ruined the rest of her journey.
An obese woman has come under fire for refusing to give up her second airplane seat for a fussy toddler – but she believes she’s done nothing wrong
‘[The mum] made a big fuss over it, and she told the flight attendant I was stealing the seat from her son.
‘Then I showed her my boarding passes, proving that I paid for the extra seat. The flight attendant asked me if I could try to squeeze in, but I said no, that I wanted the extra seat I paid for.’
Because the child was only 18 months old, he didn’t need his own seat and could’ve sat on his mother’s lap for the duration of the flight – but the mum was hoping for some respite from a squirmy toddler.
The passenger said: ‘I got dirty looks and passive-aggressive remarks from her for the entire flight and I do feel a little bad because the boy looked hard to control – but am I in the wrong?’
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Many slammed the mum and the flight attendant for their ‘horrific’ behaviour.
‘The mum is an a**hole 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,’ one said.
‘What’s even the point of the extra seat if the flight attendants are going to let entitled people bully others into giving it up?’ another asked.
‘People buy entire seats for high-end musical equipment. Not even people. Their lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on your part,’ a man wrote.
But others blamed the woman for causing an inconvenience.
‘If you are so fat that you have to have more than one seat on an airplane then you are selfish,’ one said. ‘Flights overbook all the time especially during the holidays – how can you justify having two seats to yourself?’
Another added, ‘How much room does a kid take up, seriously? Yeah the mum should’ve bought a seat but that doesn’t mean you have to be selfish and cause two people discomfort.’
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