She Harassed a Disabled Woman Because She Wouldn’t Swap Seats With Her Husband on an Airplane

A disabled woman recently had to endure an eight-hour flight with a horrible woman who accused her of faking her disability after she wouldn’t swap seats with her husband. Here’s what she had to say.

The woman booked her flight

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The 22-year-old woman recently took a long flight from Europe to the US. 

She booked a bulkhead aisle seat in economy well in advance because she knew she required extra space for her disability. 

Her disability resulted in chronic pain

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“I have a disability that caused cysts to erode my spinal nerves for years before we caught it, and, despite surgery, I live with severe chronic pain resulting from extensive nerve damage,” she said.

She needed the space to move on the plane

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She booked her seat because she could only manage the long flight with medication, legroom for slouching, and the ability to stand and move around without annoying the people in the seats beside her.

A mother and son sit beside the woman

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Upon boarding, a family of three with a 2-year-old child took the seats next to the woman. The mother and son sat beside her while the father took his seat several rows behind. 

The mother asked the woman to switch seats with her husband so he could help with the baby. 

She turned her down

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The woman politely declined, saying, “No thank you, I’d like to keep my seat.” 

The mother harassed the woman for several more minutes, so the woman told her about her disability. 

The mother was not happy

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The mother dismissed this and accused her of lying. 

“My condition is invisible, so that really got to me,” she said. 

Annoyed, the woman called a flight attendant, who eventually persuaded the mother to stop harassing her. 

The mother made the rest of the flight awkward

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However, the mother spent the next eight hours loudly complaining about the woman to her toddler. She even made a show of yelling back at her husband when she needed something. 

Other people gave the woman funny looks

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“I did get a lot of dirty looks while the mom was making a scene. There was one guy who smiled and nodded at me (he was close enough to hear my story), which I appreciated, but most everyone else around was throwing me disgusted stares for a while,” she explained.

She questioned the mother’s motives

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The woman didn’t understand why the family hadn’t bought three tickets together in the first place. 

She would have considered switching seats if it were a minor inconvenience, but in this situation, switching would have caused her physical pain due to the lack of legroom in other seats. That’s why she had paid extra for her seat months in advance.

Did she do the right thing?

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Despite feeling justified in her decision to stay put, the disapproving looks of the other people on the flight and the woman’s continued harassment made her doubt whether she had made the right decision or not. 

“I didn’t think I was wrong, but it’s hard to maintain that thought when you have a cabin full of people looking at you like you kicked a lost puppy,” she said.

She asked the internet for advice

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One person replied, “Did she offer to switch seats with the people sitting in the row with the dad? Didn’t think so.”

Someone else replied, “They very likely made their own bed by deciding to get the two bulkhead seats and gamble they would be able to badger their way into the third rather than getting three seats together further back in the plane.”

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