Tui seat swap fury: Mother and child seat swap request sparks debate
A mother who asked another passenger to swap seats with her young daughter on a flight has been criticized for being ‘rude’. The debate followed a request on a flight to Gran Canaria.
The Tui flight to the Spanish island holiday destination placed a mother in a seat behind her daughter. Many budget airlines charge separately to secure seats together or for additional baggage and meals.
A woman traveling with the airline had paid £22 more to be able to sit with her boyfriend, but feels she was put in a difficult situation when a neighboring mother asked her to swap seats . The mother wanted the woman to move so her daughter, who she said was afraid of flying, could sit next to her, Edinburgh Live reports. The mother was upset and “wasn’t happy” that the couple refused to budge.
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Considering the dilemma, the woman took to Mumsnet and asked other mums who was wrong. She explained on the Mumsnet chat titled “Am I being unreasonable” [AIBU]: “Last week I was traveling to Gran Canaria with TUI. I had booked mine and my boyfriend’s seats, when we booked and paid £22 for both. I had the window and he had the middle .
“A lady sat at the end and her daughter was in front. She asked if they could have our two seats and we have hers/daughters or my boyfriend with his daughter. I politely said no which she wasn’t happy. We got, “What difference does it make? You are adults, my daughter is afraid of flying and is underage. “Anyway, we wouldn’t move.”
She asked: “Am I wrong? If she was so bothered she could have paid like us. Many hit back at the mum who requested the seat swap agreeing she was rude to ask.
One person replied, “You’re absolutely right in my opinion! I wouldn’t have budged either. She was just trying it on.” A second person said: “TUI has never seated me separately from my children and I never pay extra. But they’re also under 10 so I guess that’s their policy. If her child was presumably older, she should have paid.”
A third chimed in: “I wouldn’t have asked but I would have switched if I had been asked. It really bothers me – I’ve lost count of how many times there have been parents on flights with young children who haven’t paid to sit together and wait for people who have to move!”
Another pointed out: “Airlines should clarify that they cannot guarantee that children will be seated directly next to accompanying adults. This would make the scenario much less common.” However, another said: “I would have happily moved on. This thread makes me think I’m nicer than I thought and that’s saying something!”
Some could see both sides of the argument as one commented, “She wasn’t unreasonable to ask and you weren’t unreasonable to say no.” And one replied: “Not unreasonable. Just uncharitable. Personally, I would have traded for the sake of a child. My partner is an adult and can survive a whole flight without me holding his hand. hand. You value money and the rights it gives you more than the feelings of a stranger’s child.”
In TUI’s terms and conditions for seats, they say: “Seats are allocated separately for outbound and return flights, and you will need to make each seat reservation by viewing a digital aircraft seat map for your flight. N Don’t forget to make sure seats are assigned for each leg of your journey.
“Please note that if you leave empty seats between those you have chosen, or if you leave a one-stop seat unoccupied, we will not be able to confirm your seat request and you will be asked to reselect.” They add: “We will try to hold your party together whenever possible, although this cannot be guaranteed. Seating together means seating side by side, immediately in front of and behind each other. Parties may be separated by a aisle. “