Man asks obese co-passenger to pay him $150 to 'compensate' for discomfort he caused by taking up quarter of his seat
The internet was divided after a man claimed that he charged an obese passenger $150 for taking up a major portion of his seat on a five-hour flight.
Taking to Reddit, a user named BigBawluh opened a discussion on Sunday, February 24, to seek the opinion of others after revealing that he "compensated" for the discomfort when an obese man took up "one third" of his seat on a five-hour flight by charging him money. The reactions have been mixed since many users agree that the man was right for making the overweight passenger pay up for making his flight uncomfortable, others thought it was an unfair solution.
In a long and viral post, the user detailed the incident and narrated: "So this month I was flying across the country on a long five-hour flight, which I had booked and seats selected for. I specifically chose an aisle seat in a row of two, so no middle seat — just the aisle and window."
"Well, a very obese man boards and I can tell instantly he is going to have a tough time fitting in any of the seats. I assume maybe he bought two hence why he’s even attempting to board. I’m mentally crossing my fingers he’s not next to me, but sure enough he ends up pointing to the window seat next to me to let him in." he added.
The user went on to reveal that when the passenger went to move in beside him, he politely let him into the seat. "Well, he sits down and is easily seeping into about 1/3 of my seat. I sit down and am pressed up against him, making me uncomfortable. After a minute, I decided to be upfront and tell him: "Sir, I’m sorry but this situation is not working for me, you’re taking up quite a bit of my seat," the user writes.
The passenger, however, was not rude to him. "He wasn’t rude, but sort of gave me a shrug as if there’s not nothing he can do — although he did sort of tighten his arms in to try and be narrower. It just wasn’t enough, though. He still was overhanging over the armrest about 1/4th into my seat even when squeezing his arms in. I’m talking about fully hanging over the armrest into my seat."
The Reddit user then ended up calling the flight attendant enquiring if anything could be done. "She instantly tells him that he is likely going to need to purchase another seat." That does not work out since there weren't any open seats on the flight. "This causes a very awkward silence," he added.
"I felt bad for him but I was also thinking about my own comfort on the long flight — the comfort I paid for," he said and added that, in order to help with the situation, he made an offer. "Look, I’ll put up with this if you give me $150 — that’s half the cost of this flight and that would compensate me enough for the circumstances."
"He instantly agrees, pulls out cash and pays me. He even told me he appreciated it," the user further added. Despite the overweight passenger seeming to be okay with paying the man, other people on the flight considered him to be an a**hole.
"The people sitting behind me (who keep in mind didn’t volunteer to sit by him) were making, under their breath, comments about me being an a**hole for doing that. I just ignored them and put the cash in my wallet. From my perspective, I gave the guy a valid option to stay on the flight and I was compensated for literally having only 75% of my seat max (let alone the feeling of a person’s body pressed against you involuntarily)," the user wrote calling it a "win-win" situation.
"After the flight, the couple behind me glared at me but I ignored them. This leads me to beg the question, AITA (am I the a**hole)?" he concluded.
The post has received about 1.5k comments as varied opinions flooded in. "You didn't settle this privately — you humiliated the guy by involving the flight attendant and then demanding $150 to allow him to stay on this flight. I understand you were unlucky in having to deal with an uncomfortable seating and he was technically breaking a rule but was it really worth the $150 to do that to a person? Demanding the money just makes you look like an opportunist," one wrote.
Another commented: "Guy knew he was fat, could have bought two seats but didn't. Let the guy stay on the flight, have enough room to accommodate without paying for two seats and without the embarrassment and inconvenience of having to get off and wait for the next flight that wasn't fully booked."