Passenger Gets What He Asked For

January 26, 2010

in Passenger Stories

I was on a flight from Philly to the West Coast via Chicago. I was already in my seat in coach when a man (I won’t call him a gentleman) stormed down the aisle and said that I was in his seat, and that he had a ticket to prove it. Sure enough, he did have the same assigned seat as I did. He yelled for the FA and demanded that I be removed from “his” seat. The FA attendant said “Oh yes, I’m sorry. Mrs. H. you’ve been moved to a seat in first class.” The other passenger then demanded that he be moved to first class instead. The FA’s reply that I heard as I quickly walked up front was priceless: “Sir, you wanted that seat. Now you have it.”

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Demotage January 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

…and he got more than he deserved.


Hugh January 27, 2010 at 12:12 am

Ah, sweet sweet justice, topped with irony.


nyuu January 27, 2010 at 4:45 am



Jeanie January 27, 2010 at 8:33 am

Sounds like a flight from Heaven if you ask me!


Lon January 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

Another variation on the urban legend. This story never happened.


Mrs. H. January 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Oh yes it did happen – to ME!


ps January 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

That's absolutely priceless. And Lonnie, it happened to me too on a SF to Newark a few years back, which is the enttlement express from a RoadWarrior standpoint.


bbc February 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

Happened to me too, but I was the second one onto the plane and was bumped up. Too bad it was only a short hop… : (


Susan January 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm

What did you do with your other half? Leave him with "Mr. Personality"?


Iloveflying February 16, 2016 at 9:33 am



RJ January 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Love it!


Rob January 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

That was priceless and I have heard numrous urban legends, but this one seems to be missing from the UL list……….


Harmie January 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

Oh God, I love this. It made my day!


Pioliboo January 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Happen to me twice. No urban legend. When you are nice and find a nice FA good things will happen to you.


Ruck February 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

I did the same thing when I was working gates for AA. I got a call from the ticket counter warning me of a lady who was very upset that her pre-reserved seat got dumped for some reason. She showed up at the gate and DEMANDED that I seat her in the seat that she had pre-reserved. I looked at the agent working with me and asked if we had first class seats available (knowing full well that we did). The lady got this satisfied grin on her face thinking she would be upgraded. I told the other agent to move the person in this lady's seat and put them up front. Her grin disappeared and she said "you don't have to be rude about this". I just told her that I was just giving her what she demanded.


Iloveflying February 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

Awesome! Nice work!


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