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Seating in business class on flight today.

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GingerMerkin Tue 26-Jan-16 15:16:49

Travelling Business class on flight this morning which has seat arrangement of two seats with spare one between turned into a table. Had sat down when a mum arrived with toddler and demanded I remove my papers etc from the table as her child wanted to sit there. I told her it was not a seat which provoked much pouting and comments about she always did this, book a seat with child on lap and then move child into spare seat. I referred this to the crew who agreed with me and told the parent if she had paid for only one seat then child sits on lap for flight. I had comments all the way about the nasty lady who wouldn't let little Johnny have a seat. WIBU to do this.

Crew apologised as I left and gave me some Champagne so not all bad.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 26-Jan-16 15:18:37

Would it have killed you to move some papers? You didn't have to but I would have.

BanningTheWordNaice Tue 26-Jan-16 15:20:22

:O no yanbu.

GingerMerkin Tue 26-Jan-16 15:20:28

If she had asked I might have been more inclined but demanding never cuts much ice with me.

Rebelwithoutapause Tue 26-Jan-16 15:21:47

YANBU. She was a cheeky mare.

Leelu6 Tue 26-Jan-16 15:21:49

You got there first, so YABU.

(I had no idea about a spare seat that can be used as a table though).

Be careful, you'll have Cats on here telling you you took away 'a child's joy' and why we can't all BE NICE.'

Leelu6 Tue 26-Jan-16 15:22:13

Sorry, I meant YANBU blush

Stylingwax Tue 26-Jan-16 15:22:54

Agree with you. Cheeky!

BanningTheWordNaice Tue 26-Jan-16 15:23:13

If you were in standard I'd say yes but she booked a business class seat for the price of two standard seats and then expects someone else who'd done so (presumably for the purpose of working) to give up the comfort they'd paid for. I say that as someone who's only ever flown business class in extreme situations when no other flight has been available so not exactly a 'pampered miss'.

Katenka Tue 26-Jan-16 15:24:25

So it was a spare seat?

Not a table?

I don't see the issue.

DamnCommandments Tue 26-Jan-16 15:24:44

You can't turn the tables back into seats without a special tool. Nothing you or anyone else could have done.

Epilepsyhelp Tue 26-Jan-16 15:24:47

YANBU at all, why should she get a free seat for her child without paying for one?

You don't pay business class to effectively have to sit in economy which would be the result of the table becoming a seat.

slowdownyourneighbours Tue 26-Jan-16 15:25:18

I think you were both bu. She asked rudely, but you were a bit mean.

Shutthatdoor Tue 26-Jan-16 15:25:55


'Demanding' I do something never goes down well with me. Nor would the PA mumbling.

goodnightdarthvader1 Tue 26-Jan-16 15:26:00

Oh god, another "child wants seat they didn't pay for" thread ...

<waits for TheCatsMeow to show up> grin

OP, YANBU. It's bloody cheeky, entitled, and unnecessary. AND it's not even a seat.

mrsjskelton Tue 26-Jan-16 15:26:38

Haha! YANBU at all - what a silly mare!

KP86 Tue 26-Jan-16 15:26:53

Seeing as though business class is generally double the price of economy, why didn't the mother just book two economy tickets and likely save money?

HumptyDumptyHadaHardTime Tue 26-Jan-16 15:26:57

You don't pay business class to effectively have to sit in economy which would be the result of the table becoming a seat.


YANBU. Her attitude was rude.

DesertOrDessert Tue 26-Jan-16 15:27:24

I thought that space in business was no man's land, and more about stopping fighting over whose elbow could go there, rather than a table, but perhaps I've seen a different arrangement.

I think ywb a little u in taking up all the middle space, if that was the case, but mother was totally unreasonable expecting her DD to be able to sit there. You can BUY seats for kids (yes, under twos) on planes. If she wanted her child to have a seat, that's what she should have done (and still had child on knee for take off and landing)

GingerMerkin Tue 26-Jan-16 15:27:50

I was flying for business reasons and had reports to read through en route. Of course wouldn't do this in standard (however tempting it would be)

Business lounge at airport was closed as well today so referred to one anyone can pay £15 to use. Mayhem with people filling their boots and nicking food and drink. Thankfully the 'library' was a small area for over 12s only. Got much of my work done there.

Katenka Tue 26-Jan-16 15:28:12

You can't turn the tables back into seats without a special tool. Nothing you or anyone else could have done.

So she puts her child on a table for an entire flight?

In that case op I am inclined to say Yanbu.

I didn't understand the table but blush

ABetaDad1 Tue 26-Jan-16 15:28:17

She was taking the mick. Booking a club seat with the specific intention of putting child in 'spare seat' next to her. It isn't a seat..

Sorry but if she wants two seats she should buy them.

End of.

CrystalMcPistol Tue 26-Jan-16 15:28:53


The snippy comments would have driven me potty. I'd have thrown some business class snacks at her for that. Okay I wouldn't, I'd definitely have thrown her an icy glare though.

Deliaskis Tue 26-Jan-16 15:29:15

YANBU. It's not a 'spare' seat, that is the configuration in business class and that's what people pay for, to have the space to work and not be jostling elbows with people.

She was being cheeky.

CrystalMcPistol Tue 26-Jan-16 15:29:59

'You can't turn the tables back into seats without a special tool.'

To be fair the woman with child does sound like she might be a special sort of tool.

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