‘I booked a first class seat for my toddler – another passenger was livid’

We all wish we could fly first class every time we go on holiday, but sadly most of us can’t afford to shell out thousands.

But, the draw of the big comfortable seats, being able to lie down, fancy food and drinks and excellent service makes it a dream for many.

Which partly explains why a flight passenger was furious when a mum booked a first class seat for her toddler recently.

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The parent explained that her three-year-old was very well behaved for the duration of the journey, reports the Mirror.

However, that didn’t stop the other holidaymaker from seething at having to sit next to a child in first class.

Taking to Reddit to share her flight ordeal, the unnamed mum wrote: "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 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 passenger even complained to the cabin crew about the child.

The mum explained: "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.

"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".

She asked the flight attendant to deal with the man as he made her feel “uncomfortable” and was still apparently hot with rage.

"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?"

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In the comments, plenty of people assured her she wasn’t in the wrong.

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".

What do you think? Tell us in the comments…


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