Let’s face it: flying in coach class can be an uncomfortable experience without upgrade options. Unless you’re a first-class traveler, your seat will likely lack legroom and elbow room, making for an uncomfortably close encounter with fellow passengers hoping to reach their destination as quickly as possible. When families travel together, they often strive to get adjoining seats for a sense of security and comfort – yet one privileged passenger explains why he refused to relinquish his luxury seat on an American airline flight despite the family’s desperate plea.

After coughing up a hefty sum to get seating near the front of the plane, u/Unlikely-Strategy596’s ten-hour flight from Greece to America received considerable attention online. His refusal to give up his seat earned him widespread admiration on Reddit. The transatlantic journey had already been exhausting, yet he was still determined not to be displaced – which further highlighted his character and commitment!

Before the plane took off, a family with two children approached the luxury traveler and requested that he relinquish his seat to them twenty rows back. They wanted the extra space so both parents could sit together with their kids.

“So I traveled home today from Greece. The flight was roughly 10 hours, and around this time of year, it’s extremely hectic. I booked my ticket specifically to be closer to the front of the plane so I can be closer to the gate when it’s time to get out.”

Despite feeling sorry for the family, the passenger refused to give up his premium seat in exchange for a worse one located twenty rows further into the plane. The entire point of paying extra was so he could be at the front and disembark first when they arrived in America – something that would not have been possible had he swapped seats with them.

The mother created an uproar, according to the luxury traveler. Despite her attempts to dissuade him, he remained resolute and said: “Maybe you should have booked ahead of time or spent more money on tickets so you all could sit together. This is not my issue!”

Reddit users have shown their enthusiastic backing for the luxury traveler, leaving comments such as:

“You paid for your seat, and you have a right to sit there!”

To conclude his post, he asked…, “AITA (Am I the a**hole) for not giving up my plane seat so a family could be altogether?”

The woman harshly labeled the traveler an “as*hole” for not giving up his seat, thus preventing both parents from sitting near their children.

“Respectfully, ma’am, your travel issues are not my problem. I am keeping the seat I paid for.”

How do you feel about the traveler’s choice to not let a family sit together by giving up his seat?