The raging debate over airline etiquette has a new entrant, this time in the form of a quick-thinking passenger, who has captivated the internet by revealing how she saved another traveler from an unfair seat-switch request.
Seattle-based TikTok creator @not.christinayang shared the experience of a “four or five hour” flight from Hawaii to Seattle in a recent video, which has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.
According to the traveler, she was sitting in a row of three seats in premium economy when someone asked the woman sitting next to her to switch seats so she could sit next to her friend.
“I’m sitting in the window seat and next to me in the middle seat is a small Asian woman. I think she’s Japanese,” she recalled.
An airline passenger has described the moment when she saved another traveler from an unfair seat swap
The TikTok creator and Seattle mom, known online as @not.christinayang, shared the experience on a “four or five hour” flight from Hawaii to Seattle
“She was very gentle and there was someone else in the aisle seat.”
During the flight, the creator says that the aisle passenger asks the middle seat passenger to switch seats.
“So the person in the aisle is traveling with another woman and her companion says, ‘I want to sit next to my girlfriend,'” she explained.
And she looks at the Asian lady next to me… she says, “Let’s switch seats, I’ll be back in 26.”
‘Mind you, we’re in premium economy. We’re in row eight with all unlimited drinks and snacks. So the lady next to me says, “Oh, you know we’re switching seats? Um, okay, fine.”
“And so she starts to get up and I’m like, ‘No!”‘
According to the TikToker, her defiant insistence that her seatmate stay in her original spot on the plane prompted the eager seat swap requester to provide a reason why she would want to move.
And so the lady said, “Oh, but it’s a window seat, it’s so much better than a middle one she has,” she recalls.
“I was like, ‘Except for the fact that we’re traveling together. Hello? We are both Asian of course, we know each other. And 26 isn’t premium economy… it’s like you can smell the toilet back there. No!”
So the little Asian lady next to me seems to half get up and… she looks at me and I say, “Sit down, Connie!”
“Okay, I don’t know her name, I just called her Connie for some reason and she sat down. I think I was meaner than the other lady.’
The creator said this incident happened while she was in premium economy, when “you would get unlimited drinks and snacks”
The creator then goes on to say that the “26-year-old lady” is “a little upset” that she can’t sit next to her friend.
“She was like, ‘No, you’re not traveling together, you just made that up,'” she said.
And I look at the Asian lady next to me and I start talking to her in Cantonese, which is totally the wrong language for her, but this lady [in 26] is not Asian so she won’t know the difference.
“The Asian lady looks at me and she says yes, and then she replies in Japanese. And I’m like, “Mmhmm, that’s right.”
“I look up at the lady still standing there and say, ‘Well, we’ll keep talking about you in our language. So why don’t you go back to row 26, where you belong, okay? Because if you wanted to sit next to your girlfriend, you should have booked a ticket next to her, not 20 rows behind it.”’
The TikTok video has garnered thousands of comments, with some slamming the passenger who wanted to swap the seat and others finding humor in the scenario.
The TikTok video has garnered thousands of comments, with some slamming the passenger who wanted to swap the seat and others finding humor in the scenario
“Let’s switch.” Not even, “Would you like to trade places with me?” Some people are so entitled to it,” said one person.
A mom has revealed the ‘correct way’ to ask a fellow passenger to switch seats — amid the ongoing furious debate over airline etiquette
“Or her friend could have moved back to sit with her. You don’t ask anyone to downgrade for your convenience,” added another.
A third person wrote, “I’m sure someone from row 26 would have taken the free upgrade if it was that important.”
“You’re a hero,” someone else said simply.
“Connie understood the command,” one TikTok user said.
“May your coffee always be hot, green lights on your drives and parking lot parking lots closed,” another wrote.
This recent video is the latest in a long line of incidents that have sparked debate about aircraft etiquette online.
In November, a mother revealed the “right way” to ask a fellow passenger to switch seats.
Earlier, a man went viral on Reddit after revealing that he refused to give up his extra-legroom seat on a 10-hour flight to a mother who wanted to swap so she and her young son could sit next to her husband.
Mum-of-two Anna Lyn Cook said on TikTok that she thought her family would have to split up on their recent KLM flight – because four-abreast seats weren’t available
Upon boarding the plane, she said she decided to approach someone who was sitting in the seat next to her relatives and ask him to take her place instead.
His actions sparked a major argument over whether he was wrong for not making the change, and TikToker Anna Lyn Cook revealed that she had run into a similar situation but insisted she had discovered the right way to ask someone to change seats.
Mum-of-two Anna, who lives in the US, explained in a recent video on TikTok that she thought her family would have to split up on their recent KLM flight – because four-abreast seats weren’t available when she went to pick them .
However, upon boarding the plane, she decided to approach someone who was sitting in the seat next to her relatives and ask him if he would take her place instead.
Anna explained that her seat was ‘much better’ than his because it had ‘much more leg room’, adding that she ‘would never ask anyone to switch unless she could offer them a better option’.
She described the seat she wanted as “quite tight,” while saying hers was much roomier.
A Reddit user named Emily Kauai left many people on the web divided after she shared a photo of herself completely squished in her seat because the man sitting next to her spread his legs
The mother added that the stranger seemed unhappy about having to sit next to her two young children, so he was more than happy to make the switch with her.
Days after this video became a talking point, the debate was taken to a new level after an irate passenger sparked another discussion about whether it’s okay to disperse on a flight.
A Reddit user named Emily Kauai, from Florida, left many people on the web divided after she shared a photo of herself completely squished in her seat because the man sitting next to her had opened his legs so wide that she was in her area. leaked.
In the photo, posted to the app under the Well That Sucks thread earlier this month, the unidentified man was seen sitting with his limbs apart on a recent Southwest Airlines flight.
His left leg went well past his seat space and into Emily’s, leaving her with her legs close together — and her post sparked a huge debate over whether or not his actions were acceptable.
“This was how my entire four-hour flight went today,” she captioned the post. “I’m a five-foot-tall woman.”