Then they assigned us seats in the exit row- but no one minded switching to those.Really? They put a baby and a small child in the exit row? That is supposed to be occupied only by people who are old enough and able-bodied enough to be able to assist others to get out in case of emergency. Most countries have laws that specify that.
I think that is what she meant about it being easy to find people to switch with her. It doesn't surprise me, I've had it happened 2x.
1. sis and I were 5 and 9 or there abouts. We were sitting separate from our parents, who were in the smoking sections. When we got to our seats there were three obnoxious 20 somethings in our row. We slid into the exit row and tried to explain to them they were in our seats. Then the man who should have been on the aisle of our row showed up. They wouldn't move for him either. He called the attendant over. If looks could kill - we would have all been dead. She told us to sit in the emergency row. I was torn between breaking the rule about sitting in the emergency row and the rule about doing what the attendant says to do. So I said "but we are too young to sit here Ma'am" she smiled and said are you smart enough to know not to try and open the door in flight?. I replied You don't even touch the windows unless a crew member tells you to pull down the curtain because it makes my Mom nervous. Dad's face when he came up to check on us, but the adults around us assured him everything was ok. (The 20 somethings had tried to open the emergency door in flight. I surprised they weren't arrested.)
2. I was traveling with 2 cousins age about 4 and 6. We were seated in the emergency row. I complained about this at the desk, at the gate, when we boarded. I was assured it was fine - until the middle of take off when the attendant moved my cousins but wouldn't let me move. It was an Austin to Houston flight so go up go down. The seatbelt light never went off. I could hear the 4 yo tormenting his sister. The other people on the flight were asking the attendant to let me move back to the kids. She refused. Finally after the 6 year screamed in terror. I undid my belt and moved back to them. They were seated with no other passengers around them - no one to help them if the o2 masks came down or we had to evacuate. She threatened to have me arrested - but the guys in the 3 piece suits made it clear they were going to raise hell about how she treated us. When we got off I told my Aunt - the kids Grandmother about what had happened. We went to complain - and found out 3/4 of the passengers had complained about how the kids and I were treated.