Plane passenger refuses to switch seat with 'entitled' travelers

‘Frequent flyer’ SLAMS ‘entitled’ plane passenger who demanded she switch to his middle seat on 11-HOUR flight so he could sit next to his wife 

  • A flyer revealed she refused to switch seats with an ‘entitled’ passenger
  • The unnamed woman took to Reddit to share that a man asked her to swap 
  • He begged her to move to a middle seat so he could sit next to his wife 

A frequent flyer has revealed she refused to switch her window seat with an ‘entitled’ passenger who wanted to sit next to his wife. 

The unnamed woman took to Reddit to share how she declined to move to a middle seat during an 11-hour flight from New York to Cairo, Egypt, so the man sitting next to her could sit beside his wife.

Her confession reignited a heated conversation surrounding airplane etiquette, just days after a woman revealed she refused to give up her spot so a 10-year-old boy could sit next to his family. 

The anonymous woman shared her story on the social media platform as a way to rant about the man under a thread titled, ‘EntitledPeople,’ prompting others on the web to slam the man for asking someone else to switch to a lower-quality seat so he could be happy. 

A frequent flyer has revealed she refused to switch her window seat with an ‘entitled’ passenger so he could sit next to his wife

The woman took to Reddit to share she refused to move to a middle seat during an 11-hour flight from New York to Cairo so a man sitting next to her could sit with his wife (stock image)

The post read: ‘This was a while back, but an excellent example of sheer entitlement. Flight from NY to Cairo, the seat configuration was three rows of seats. Two window and aisle on each side with four or five middle seats in the center.

‘I had a window over a wing. I chose the seat with sleep in mind many months in advance; while I do frequently travel I’m not going to pretend I often jet away to Egypt so this vacay was very planned out. 


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‘I was settled into my seat when my aisle mate approached his and asked if I’d be willing to switch with his wife so the two of them could sit together.   

‘The two of them seemed to be with a group of similar aged travelers; it appeared to me based on chatter that it may have been some kind of group tour (knowing the industry and that the organizers may have been negligent in seat assignments, I was absolutely willing to consider a swap if the seat was comparable).’ 

However, when she questioned if the seat was up to her standards, the man revealed that his wife’s seat was in the center of a row. 

She declined to move and apologized to the man, adding that she would be staying in her assigned seat.

The woman added: ‘Instead of switching out with a middle seat person – who I’m sure would have been delighted to take an aisle – so he could sit next to his wife, he sits down in his seat and started arguing with me.’ 

She noted that the man blasted her for refusing to swap, adding that she would have no ‘view’ from where she was sitting so it’s better if she moved. 

People flooded the comments and slammed the man for his behavior

‘I just reply I plan to sleep against it and decline again. I’m trying to be pleasant, I’m a pleaser, and I’m stuck next to this guy. 

‘He continues to bug me like the mosquito he may have been in a former life, and asked me, “If you had a husband, wouldn’t you want to sit with him?”‘ 

The man continued to make jabs at the frequent flyer, which caused her to become ‘totally irritated.’ 

She added: ‘I stated that I do “have a husband”, and if my husband and I were traveling together, I’d not only ensure our seats were assigned together, but if they weren’t, I’d give up my aisle and go sit with my spouse in the middle.’ 

READ MORE: Columnist Jaci Stephen’s reveals why she ALWAYS refuses to switch plane seats 



The man then kept his mouth shut for the remainder of the trip and ‘pretended to ignore her existence.’ 

People flooded the comments and slammed the man for his behavior. 

One person said: ‘The “I try for a free upgrade” type of person is a regular on those flights. Never say yes, you invested time to get the seat (which he didn’t) and probably money (those middle seats are hard to sell and often cheaper)

‘Somehow they never want the free downgrade to be with their spouse.’

Another user added: ‘Those middle seats are the ones you get when you don’t pay for your seat choice at all.’

One person wrote: ‘I think people who don’t regularly travel for work don’t realize how rigid airplane seating is. They’re probably thinking it’s just like a bus.’

‘He grumbled throughout the flight….this is why I always bring earplugs,’ added someone else.

Another user wrote: ‘He didn’t want to switch with another middle seat because he wanted to upgrade his wife’s seat by having you take a worse seat. It was never about wanting to sit next to his wife. ‘

‘My husband and I flew back from our honeymoon with me sitting at the front of the plane and him seated towards the back. It never occurred to us to ask someone to switch seats,’ one person added.

Her confession comes just two weeks after a passenger was praised online after refusing to give up her first-class seat for a woman who wanted to sit closer to her teen.

Dr. Sabra, a TikTok creator and pharmacist, racked up almost 10 million views after she shared her elated reaction to the confrontation.

The short clip was captioned: ‘POV: Flight agent asks me if I want to give up my 1A seat so a child sits with their family,’ saw her grinning from ear to ear after denying the mom.

The denial comes months after one man sparked furious debate when he refused to give up his first-class seat for his boss, despite using his own credit card points to do so.

In the past,’s Jaci Stephen even offered up her view, and confessed that she ‘absolutely refuses’ to swap seats, no matter how angry the passenger requesting to switch may get.

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