This guy turned to Reddit to voice his frustration after a portion of his seat was occupied by an obese passenger. He wanted to know if he was being an unreasonable jerk.
He Couldn’t Believe This Airline!
The Original Poster (OP), an 18-year old vented his frustration after he encountered an obese passenger who occupied a significant portion of his seat during a 12-hour long connecting flight.
He took issue with the airline’s response.
A Long Flight Home With Little Room
OP was traveling home and was greeted with an unpleasant sight on his second connecting flight. An obese man was occupying a significant portion of his seat.
Trying to Find Another Option
OP acknowledged that he is not exactly small in size himself, he has broad shoulders and is around 190 cm tall. OP already knew that a full seat would be uncomfortable for them.
He Reports His Uncomfortable Situation
When he realized the obese person next to them was taking up a significant portion of his seat as well, he informed the flight attendant about the issue.
There Are No Options Left!
Unfortunately, the flight attendant told OP that the seat was paid for by the obese person and the flight was fully booked, leaving no other options.
He Argued With Her, in Front of the Other Passenger
OP questioned the availability of his seat, given that it was mostly occupied by the obese person next to them. OP also pointed out that this was not an American airline, so overbooking should not be an issue.
He further added that his experience with the airline had significantly declined in terms of quality.
He Was Almost Kicked off the Plane!
The flight attendant perceived these comments as rude and threatened to kick OP off the plane.
Although, despite the commotion, the flight attendant assured OP that they would be compensated for the trouble caused. OP made it clear to the flight attendant that they were not traveling for leisure.
A Crowd Began to Listen in and Comment
As the situation escalated, the obese man took the chance to insult OP by calling them names. Some onlookers around them also began to give OP disapproving looks.
Some Sympathize With Him
While OP was aware that others may perceive him as a bad person, he also believed that he was being forced to pay the price for the lack of discipline of the obese person and the airline’s faulty booking system.
OP even mentioned that he would have preferred if they were informed about this earlier, perhaps even the day before.
They Sent Him a Letter of Complaint!
After the incident, the airline staff sent a letter of complaint against OP, accusing him of being rude to other passengers and staff members.
The letter mentioned potential consequences, including a temporary ban. However, the complaint was quickly appealed.
Reddit Community Weighs In
Reddit users were divided on the situation, with some calling OP the problem for being rude and fatphobic, while others thought the airline was at fault for reselling a seat that had already been sold and deemed both parties to be at fault.
Some commenters suggested that OP could have handled the situation differently, such as quietly approaching a flight attendant to explain the problem and ask for a solution.
Others pointed out that underlying issues may contribute to obesity and reminded the OP to be considerate of others. Additionally, some Reddit users questioned the accuracy of the story and criticized the OP for their defensive and rude responses.
What do you think? How should OP have handled this situation?
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