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Husband refusing to sit in economy class

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waterfallrainbow · 09/01/2017 18:13

We are desperate for some winter sun. But DH (who doesn't care about winter sun) has imposed some conditions: He will only fly for up to 3 hours in an economy seat because he says any longer will damage his knees. He is 6 foot 3.5 with very long legs. Trouble is, you can't really get any winter sun within 3 hours. I can't help thinking he's being a bit precious. In the end we've shelled out an extra £1k for him to fly business class while we go cattle class, which basically means I am paying for his flight. I have long legs too... We have to go on a cheaper holiday as a result. Slightly struggling with my attitude...

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Whatabloodyidiot1 · 09/01/2017 18:15

More fool you for 'obeying'!!
You should have gone without him and told him he's more than welcome once he's got the fuck over himself.

trollspoopglitter · 09/01/2017 18:15

So why did you agree and pay? But passive aggressive agreeing to it then moaning about it and resenting him Confused

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen · 09/01/2017 18:16

I know how he feels,I'm really tall too and economy kills me!

scurryfunge · 09/01/2017 18:16

If you are for real then just go on holiday without him.

Coulddowithanap · 09/01/2017 18:16

I'd have paid to choose him a seat near an exit for the extra leg room.

bummymummy77 · 09/01/2017 18:17

My dh is 6 2 and always tries to fly premium economy. We just did a night flight in normal economy and he was miserable.

Patriciathestripper1 · 09/01/2017 18:17

I'd have said see you when we get back x x x

CheshireChat · 09/01/2017 18:17

Leave him at home and have a nicer holiday wherever.

grannytomine · 09/01/2017 18:17

Well I'm 5'4" and I don't think there is much leg room for me, at 6'3" it must be murder, his knees must be up round his neck. Doesn't he pay anything for holidays?

AnnaleeP · 09/01/2017 18:18

Should have just paid for extra leg room by the emergency exit. My husband is the same height and he is happy with that.

TitaniasCloset · 09/01/2017 18:18

Why pay for him then? Should have just left him at home.

PetalMettle · 09/01/2017 18:18

What cdwan said. We flew to Tenerife and paid £19 per seat for a legrooon one

BarbarianMum · 09/01/2017 18:18

Next time save up until you can all afford to upgrade if it's a problem. Hmm

DonaldStott · 09/01/2017 18:18

Agree with pp. You should have just gone. And also whay has it come out of your money, if you are married?

rookiemere · 09/01/2017 18:18

Couldn't you have booked the emergency access seats instead that have lots of leg room?
There is a cost but not £1k.
If it's any help I have two sets of friends like this - for one the DH hates flying so they either pay for the whole family to sit premium economy/business or he does - she says she'd rather have him away anyway as he makes the DCs nervous, and for the other one it's the DW that insists on premium economy, although to be fair her DH is generously proportioned so probably appreciates the extra space as well.

ollieplimsoles · 09/01/2017 18:19

Why are you taking him!! Go with dc/ a girlfriend/ your mum!

He sounds miserable as hell

RuggerHug · 09/01/2017 18:19

Cancel his ticket and stay longer in sunshine.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow · 09/01/2017 18:19

He should have booked the front seat or the one over the wing. I travel with my 6' bil and 6'4" dh. Even long haul they didn't whinge.

antimatter · 09/01/2017 18:19

If he is an arse in other areas of your relationship then YANBU but if he has a dodgy knee then YABU.

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sheikhandbake · 09/01/2017 18:20

My 6 foot 3.5 DH is currently on a 15.5 hour flight in economy, landing and going straight into a work meeting then flying home less than 24 hours later. Tell your DH to get over himself.

Next time leave him at home and enjoy a lovely holiday!

SnatchedPencil · 09/01/2017 18:21

To be fair, it's not his fault he has long legs. You want the holiday, not him. He has compromised with you, in that he has agreed to go where you want. It's not unreasonable for him to want you to compromise a little too.

wasonthelist · 09/01/2017 18:22

I am 6' 4" and sympathise - seat pitch is reducing all the time too. My stingy employer won't pay for extra legroom when I have to fly to the US so I pay for it myself - United and Virgin both offer extra legroom seats in economy - I am not bothered about fancy food etc, but I agree that >3 hours in cattle for people our size is inhumane.
Bus class was a bit excessive though.

MollyHuaCha · 09/01/2017 18:24

Tricky one! I detest flying in cramped conditions. It's really bad for health. After one hideous Virgin economy 12 hr overnight flight 3 yrs ago I couldn't move my neck properly. After several days I had to seek out a physiotherapist. Continued with physiotherapy for 4 months. Have recently restarted with chiropractic, all stemming from that awful flight.

WhooooAmI24601 · 09/01/2017 18:24

DH is tall and struggles in economy. I wouldn't forfeit a more fancy holiday for the sake of him being uncomfortable, though, because in our family it's all about the greater good. He'd be told to pipe down and holiday in Wales if he wanted leg room while I sun myself in Cuba.

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