A story about a flight I took in 2011 with my sister and best friend.
The plane setup: 6 seats per row with an aisle between seats three and four.
The background: A couple was sitting in the row ahead of us. The wife had the window seat. The husband had the aisle seat. There was an empty seat between them. There was a family sitting in the aisle across from the husband and wife. The seated family consisted of a child, an older man and a woman. There was a fourth member of the family, another older woman who was assigned to the seat between the husband and wife. She was talking to her traveling companions and helping them settle in before she took her seat. Finally ready to sit, she asked the husband if he would get up so she could get to her seat.
The guy requested to see her ticket. She looked shocked and asked why he would need to see her ticket. She wouldnt show it to him. Not only did he not have the right to see it, it does have her personal information on it. The flight attendant noticed something amiss and came over, looked at her ticket. The flight attendant told the man he had no right to see the ticket and demanded the man allow the woman to sit. The man refused. He insisted that he had a right to see her ticket to make sure it was her seat.
The flight attendant said the man did not work there so he had no right to see anything and demanded the man get up so the woman could slide into the row. The man kept refusing. He said he believed the woman hadn’t paid for the ticket of the little boy she was traveling with (who sat in the adjacent row with his dad) and was trying to get a free seat. The attendant told him that wasn’t true and it wasn’t the guy’s business anyway.
They kept going round and round with the guy still refusing to allow the woman access to the seat.
The flight attendant started procedures to have him removed from the flight but after being talked to by multiple attendants the man finally was going to let her sit. It was obvious however that there would be issues between the two if they sat together. In the end, the woman got moved up to 1st class, and the man was told he would be charged to cost of her seat because he refused to let her sit.
The guy’s wife stayed quiet during most of the exchange until she heard that they might get thrown off the plane and only then did she tell him to shut up and let the woman sit. He wasn’t listening to her though. When another flight attendant came around to tell him he would have to pay for an extra seat, the wife lied and said they weren’t told the woman’s ticket had been checked by the 1st attendant. The 2nd flight attendant didn’t believe her. 0504-14