Flying is an amazing experience, 10 out of 10, and definitely recommended, at least in theory. The reality is a little different. Unless you’re flying first class or enjoy the service of a luxury airline, you might feel more like a canned sardine or a bus passenger than a luxury traveler.
That means you have to deal with a lot of small problems. These problems can quickly add up to become as mundane and uncomfortable as using public transportation during rush hour. One issue that keeps popping up is the lack of legroom.
Redditor u/Itchy-Smell8152 I turned to the AITA subreddit Because of their verdict on whether he was a jerk for calling him a “giant” for not upgrading his seat on the plane. Internet users were pretty mixed after reading the OP’s story. Scroll down to see his full post and let us know what you think about the whole situation, dear Panda.
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Flying can be very cumbersome when there is little space to sit and reclining becomes impossible
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The man told about a recent flight and an altercation with a very tall man who sat in the middle seat in the back row.
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According to the OP, the “giant” passenger who sat in the middle seat in the row behind him was a whopping 6’8″ tall (just over 203cm for a panda without the imperial system).
Being big makes travel quite a hassle, whether you’re on a plane, bus, train, or anywhere else. The system is suitable for the ‘average’ person, so those who don’t fit the ‘type’ will have a rather unpleasant time.
Solutions to this problem include adding more legroom, flying first class, and buying the seat next to you. Of course, it’s not very wallet-friendly if you need to fly regularly. However, if you can afford the ticket, you might be able to pay a little extra for the extra comfort.
The AITA community, on the whole, was pretty divided about the situation. Some editors noted that the “huge” passengers should have known better and adapted to the situation so as not to inconvenience themselves or others. On the other hand, some thought it was wrong for the poster to preach to his fellow passengers.
According to AARP, everyone should try to be sensitive to their attendants. Say hello, but if you’re not in the mood for talkativeness, don’t bother. If they want to talk to you and you don’t, politely excuse yourself and say you’re reading a book or in-flight magazine.
Be diplomatic and friendly, yet down-to-earth. Please don’t get involved in arguments. Also, if a passenger is out of control, we recommend that you notify a flight attendant rather than escalating the situation yourself.
On the other hand, if you recline your seat, consider how it will affect your fellow passengers. On small planes and cheap flights, almost everyone can be crammed. I understand you need a little more space, but don’t do it at the expense of others.