I was flying home on a red-eye United flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. My inter-island connecting flight from Kauai on Go! Airlines was late and I barely made it to the gate on time after a mad dash from one end of the airport to the other. The flight was fully booked and the agent was just about to give my seat to someone on stand-by. Even though I lost my reserved aisle seat for a center seat in a row of 5, I was relieved simply to have made the flight.
As I made my way to my seat, I discovered a woman sitting in my seat with her baby and husband occupying the seats next to her. I indicated that she was in my seat and she proceeded to argue with me that she was also assigned my seat. I held up my boarding pass showing the assigned seat and she continued to insist that I couldn’t possibly have that seat. When I asked to see her boarding pass, she finally relented. It was obvious she was trying to scam her way into securing an extra seat so her baby wouldn’t have to sit on her lap the whole flight.
I tried to keep civil with this liar as I took my seat. However, it became more challenging after she then announced to me that her baby’s legs would need to stretch out into my space as she nursed. Normally, I don’t have any problem accommodating someone, but for her to seek my favor after her thoughtless and selfish behavior a moment earlier was particularly nervy. I contemplated telling her to pound salt and to switch seats with her husband, but decided not to stoop to her level. I did, however, stretch my legs fully along her side as I napped during the flight.