‘I made a child cry on the plane by making her swap seats – I don’t regret it’

A holidaymaker has revealed that they made a little girl cry on a flight and got into a strong argument with her father. The ruckus began because the child was sat in the traveller’s assigned seat.

The 22-year-old woman posted on Reddit about the dramatic situation. She claims she stood her ground about sitting in the correct seat – resulting in waterworks from the child.

The flight itself was nothing to sniff at with around nine hours of travel time. The woman was flying alone and claimed she had been upset all day about leaving her family at home.

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But, she was looking forward to sitting in a window seat which she had specifically booked. However, when she got on the plane someone else had taken her spot.

Online, the anonymous woman wrote: "I had a window seat booked for my flight and I was looking forward to it. When I got there, a child was sitting in my seat and her dad in the middle seat.

"I looked at the dad and pointed at the window seat saying that I think it’s my seat expecting him to move. He looked at me and said she’s a child and pointed at the aisle seat suggesting I take it.

"Perplexed I did and had mentioned this to my family. My dad called me and told me to get my seat because he paid for it and it wasn’t a free seat."

Not wanting to sacrifice the seat her father had paid extra to get the traveller decided to try again. She said: "I then told the girls father this and he asked her to move. She started crying and I felt terrible but my dad told me to hold my ground.

"The girl moved and is sitting in the middle, I’m in my seat and I’m also sitting back so she can see out the window. Her dad has made one or two snide remarks about me wanting my seat so I just wanted to know, [am I the a**hole] for insisting on sitting in my seat?"

Most of us would be unhappy paying for a seat we didn't get and the comments backed the woman up. Many noted that if the daughter had wanted a window seat her dad should have booked one – just like the poster's had.

One person wrote: "You bought a seat to be able to use it, and the father in this situation knew that the seat he put his child in wasn’t theirs to use.

"If the father wanted their child to have a window seat, they should have selected one. People choose their seats of preference for all sorts of different reasons and they shouldn’t have to deal with someone just assuming that they can sit there."

A second added: "Yep, this same thing happened to me years ago. I was a kid but the child who took my seat was even younger.

"Instead of asking me, the mom just told her daughter (in earshot of me) that I was nice and would let her have the seat. I was too shy to say anything, so I took the aisle seat but was really bothered by it. So I’m glad OP [original poster] stood up for herself and went back and got her seat."

Others were fuming on the woman's behalf. One person asked: "What is this epidemic of people assuming they can take another person's assigned seat? The seats can have different prices, and can be selected ahead of time. The father can keep his snide remarks to himself."

While a fourth said: "Kids don't get special treatment on planes just because they want to see out the windows. They need to learn not everything will go their way sometimes.

"Your dad paid for that seat so sit where you are meant to on the plane and the dad of the kid can stop bullying you now."

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