A mother has sparked outrage after revealing how her husband lied and booked economy seats for her and her toddler on their long-haul flight, while he was in business class thanks to his company.
She took to British parenting site Mumsnet and explained how his job had paid him to fly – but she insisted that she and her toddler buy premium economy seats if they were traveling along.
The unidentified woman, believed to be from the UK, explained that it was six weeks before the flight when she realized her husband had just booked them economy and the seats could not be changed.
She said: ‘Air flights on Friday – 14 hours flight. DH went to work for a week and wanted me & DS (2) to go on vacation. I only agreed to go if DS and I flew premium economy as it’s a long way, I’ll be alone with toddler while DH is in business class (work paid for his ticket).
“DH said fine no problem, had a lot of points to use. Have booked the flights. Told me I booked premium. Six weeks later I find out he had lied and in fact booked the cheapest economy tickets (no seat reservation/upgrade option).’
A mom has sparked outrage after revealing how her husband lied and booked economy seats for her and her toddler on their long-haul flight – while he’s in business class thanks to his company (stock photo)
‘I tried calling the airline but premium economy was fully booked one way and there was room the other way but at a cost of £2,000 so I said no.
‘I didn’t think much of it, just that I would be able to select seats at check-in – at no point was there an option to select/pay to select seats, other than at the time of booking.
“Anyway, I tried to check in three days early and I can only check in at the airport. DS and I have been assigned center and aisle seats.
“We sit next to each other which is great but not ideal, I would have liked a window/middle seat or two seats on the plane’s center bench (have an inflatable footrest hoping DS can sleep as it’s a night flight, but now can’t use that because we’re stuck with center and aisle seats).’
She expressed her anger calling her husband selfish and suggesting that he was thoughtless.
She continued, “I’ve gone crazy with my DH because I think he’s a selfish p**** who was too tight to get a seat reservation when making the booking. Meanwhile, he swallows it in business class. I called the airline but they said the seats cannot be changed.
AIBU [am I being unreasonable] annoyed with DH? AIBU to take him out of business class so he can do his share of parenting?
“I doubt we can switch halfway through, but I was wondering if he could take DS to bed so he can lie down? I’m afraid if DS has the middle seat and he sleeps badly, I’ll have to wake him up to let the person in the window seat pass.”
The woman explained that although her husband’s company pays for him to be in business class, she is in economy with their toddler – even though she asked him to book premium economy
People were quick to share her outrage and expressed disgust at her husband’s actions. Some commentators even went so far as to question their marriage.
One person commented on the thread on Mumsnet telling the “OP,” or original poster, “He sounds awful.”
While a second said, ‘I really wouldn’t go. You assume too much OP and you start cooking with him.
“Tell him you’re staying home and have a good trip. Seriously, if you go, you’ll be way too angry to enjoy yourself and it’ll make it clear to him that he can get away with this.”
And a third said of the husband’s lie, “This just came in like it’s not important.” In my opinion this is the most important thing you have written. What is his justification for this?
“And why are you the one calling and trying to fix this? Does your husband often treat you with such utter disrespect? I wouldn’t go this vacation.’
A fourth added, “Um, why are we just covering up his huge lie?” I wouldn’t go.’
Many people said they wouldn’t go and were amazed that her husband could lie to her so easily
As the comments progressed, more people said she shouldn’t be traveling at all.
Someone else asked, “What’s his excuse for lying to your face?” In these circumstances I wouldn’t go at all.’
Another outraged user said, “This is so far from anything DH would do that it’s totally incomprehensible. You know your own DH best, but I would question my entire 22 year marriage.
“For a business trip, I could say to him, you go on business and get some sleep, DC and I’ll be fine in economy . . . but he’d certainly ask my opinion. Can you exchange mid-flight?’
And a fifth suggested, “Obviously you just trade tickets with DH and when he tries to approach you, he pretends not to know him.” Enjoy the champagne.’
However, some suggested switching seats mid-flight to make things fairer.
As the comments progressed, more people said she shouldn’t be traveling at all. However, some suggested switching seats mid-flight to make things fairer