Man who’d paid for extra legroom refuses to move so family can sit together on flight

A PASSENGER has divided opinion after he refused to move seats so a family could sit next to each other during a flight.

The man, who had paid extra for a seat with legroom at the front of the plane, was asked to give up his seat for a family of six.

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A man divided opinion after he refused to give up his paid seatCredit: Alamy

However, he refused to move for the 10-hour flight, and said he was given dirty looks for the rest of the flight.

He wrote on Reddit: “I paid a small amount extra for a seat that is in the front of the cabin – the coach seat that has a wall in front of it and extra legroom because it’s my second leg in a 20-hour total trip.

“Two adults, two children (8ish?) and two infants would like to fill this row of four.

“Two adults with one infant each in the bassinet in front of them, and the two middle-schoolers. The attendant asked if I would move to a similar seat so they could sit together.

“I said, ‘but I paid extra for this seat.’ The response was that the other seat was the exact same, so sure.”

However, he said that it was the same aisle seat and class but had no legroom, so he said he wouldn’t move, resulting in one of the kids sitting by themselves.

He then said that flight service was “abhorrent” and that staff forgot to serve him.

While he said he was treated badly, most Reddit users agreed he did nothing wrong.

One person wrote: “You paid more and planned ahead. They didn’t. Too many parents think the rest of us will just give them want they want even if they don’t pay or plan for it.”

They also said that flight crew should have offered a better seat in a better class if they wanted him to move.

Another person said: “I would have tried to sell them my extra legroom seat.”

However, some families said that even if they book seats, they can be split up: “Unfortunately, I, and lots of other parents, have booked seats together just to have the airline separate us.

“I’ve had this happen even when I’ve paid more for certain seats.”

Someone else agreed, saying: “It’s not always possible to book an entire row, sometimes the best option is 3/4 and hoping someone will switch with you.”

Despite this, others shared their own bad experiences when flying: “Someone on a flight asked me not to order the chicken because their child next to me is a vegetarian.”

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis has revealed how can still sit with your kids or your mates without having to pay a penny.

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Many agreed he wasn’t in the wrong – but others said the family weren’t at faultCredit: Alamy
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