A holidaymaker was devastated to be called a "fat c***" by a fellow passenger after booking her young child a seat in first class. Generally, paying extra for a business or first class seat means you're looking for a more relaxing flight.
There's better food, drinks are included and usually you can lie flat as the seats convert into beds. That's great for giving children wiggle room, a good night's sleep and making sure they're not upset.
However, some people may feel that children will be disruptive during their expensive flight. That was certainly the case for this mum's fellow cabin mate after he insisted kids weren't allowed to sit in first class.
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Taking to Reddit to share her flight ordeal, the unnamed mum wrote: "My husband, toddler (almost three) and I were flying across the country for Thanksgiving.
"Since we could afford it due to a nice pay raise my husband recently got, we decided to splurge on first class tickets for the trip."
She continued: "My toddler has always been a good flyer and has flown a lot throughout her short life. She's never been disruptive or cried on an airplane, this flight included.
"She's good at staying in her seat and tells us when she a needs to go potty, food, a toy, etc. She stayed seated and quietly playing throughout the flight, only getting up when she had to go potty."
Despite this, the other flyer went to the crew to complain about their child. They wanted them removed from first class.
The mum explained: "The issue was with another first class passenger. We boarded early since my husband is disabled and when another 1st class passenger saw us he started glaring.
"We take off and all is good. My kid fell asleep in the middle of coloring [sic], husband is snoozing. I'm listening to music when I get a tap on my shoulder.
"It was the guy that glared at us as he boarded and before I could even get a word out he told me that children weren't allowed in 1st class and that we needed to move to our 'real' seats".
The mum asked the flight crew to handle the man's anger as he made her feel "uncomfortable" and was still apparently hot with rage. She hoped they would set him straight and he would leave her family alone.
"The flight attendant came and explained to him that we were in the correct seats that we paid for and asked that he sit back down and not bother us again,” she noted.
"He did go back to his seat but as we were getting off the plane he whispered to me that I was a 'fat c***' and that he pays too much money for first class to be surrounded by children."
She asked for advice and said: "My kid was the only kid in 1st class and she didn't misbehave or even cry so at first I felt like I was in the right, but after talking to family at Thanksgiving many of them told me that we should book economy next time because people pay extra to relax in 1st class. Are we really a******s for flying 1st class with our toddler?"
However, in the comments people generally agreed that she had every right to bring her child into the higher class section. After all, a customer is a customer.
One person said: "Even if your child did cry, it wouldn't have mattered because you paid and are entitled to the seats you paid for… if they don't want to be around children/other people that bad – they should fly private".
Another added: "I can understand why he would initially be wary and upset, but he frankly should have calmed the f down once it became apparent that your toddler was just sleeping peacefully like anyone else. And since you know that your kid is a good flyer, there's no reason not to sit first class if you can".
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