Mother Asks If She’s a Jerk For Buying First-Class Plane Ticket For Her 3-Year-Old Daughter

This is the story of a young mom who traveled across the country for a family trip and decided to go first class.

The mother took to Reddit’s AITA platform and wrote a long post saying that she bought a first-class plane ticket for her toddler and her disabled husband, and when the journey began, a fellow passenger made them uncomfortable.

“My husband, toddler (almost 3), 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 1st class tickets for the trip,” she wrote.

She said that her three-year-old daughter has frequently traveled by air and has always been a calm baby who never caused any scene during their flights.

“We follow our pediatrician’s recommendation to give her a dose of baby Tylenol and gripe water 30 minutes before travel, and 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 needs to go to the bathroom,” she added.

The mom-of-one said that one of the passengers started having an issue with her baby girl, traveling first class and he started glaring at the family, which made them uncomfortable.

“The issue was with another 1st class passenger. We boarded early since my husband is disabled, and when another 1st class passenger saw us, he started glaring. Shortly after he sat down, a flight attendant came up and asked to see our boarding passes to ensure we were seated correctly. We showed her our boarding passes, and she was like, ‘cool, yall are good.’

She further explained a few minutes later, a second flight attendant came to check on the family and saw their boarding passes. According to the woman who goes by the username u/One-Criticism5777 on Reddit, the man who was continuously staring at them came to her and said that kids were not allowed in the first class section of the plane.

“My kid fell asleep in the middle of coloring, my husband is snoozing, and 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.”

She continued, “I realized he was probably the person that complained before takeoff that we were in the wrong seats and decided before I got upset I wanted the flight attendants to deal with this. I told him that I did not feel comfortable talking with him and that I was calling a flight attendant to come handle this.

The Redditor explained that even after complaining about the stranger, he kept standing next to her in the aisle until she called the flight attendant to clear things up.

“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. He did go back to his seat but as we were getting off the plane he whispered to me that I was a “fat cunt” and that he pays too much money for first class to be surrounded by children,” she wrote.

The woman concluded her post by saying that her daughter didn’t cause any disturbance during the whole flight, nor did she cry. But the passenger kept telling her that kids should not travel first class.

“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 assholes for flying 1st class with our toddler? She asked.

Her post on Reddit received several comments that said that the OP was not TA because she didn’t do anything wrong.

“NTA, Even if your child did cry, it wouldn’t have mattered because you paid and are entitled to the seats you paid for. there is no age limit or policy that children cant be in 1st class (that i am aware of) if they don’t want to be around children/other people that bad – they should fly private,” one user commented.

“You paid good money for your seats to be pestered by a grown up child,” another wrote.

“NTA. It sounds like this person was either mega entitled or so vehemently child free their brains are scrambled. There are holiday resorts that are child free, but first class definitely isn’t. There’s enough wealthy people flying with kids,” a third user penned.

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Source: Reddit

1 comment
  1. Not the ah, you paid for the seats, you had every right to have your child in first class because you paid for them to have that privilege, the other passenger was the ah for thinking he was entitled to all of the first class area

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