Woman Praised For Refusing To Swap First Class Plane Seat With Child

A woman is being praised on social media after revealing she refused to swap her first class plane seat with a child. 
Credit: @lifewithdrsab/TikTok & Alamy

A woman is being praised on social media after revealing she refused to swap her first class plane seat with a child. 

Swapping your plane seat for a child is becoming a heated debate online, with many strong proponents on either side.

And now, one TikToker is going viral for making her stance firmly known – she’s shared a video revealing she refused to move seats for a child.

People have had a lot to say about her decision – and she’s actually received tons of praise.

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One person fumes: “People need to PLAN AHEAD. Stop making your lack of planning everyone else’s problem.”

A second questions: “I wonder if some families actually on purpose buy the cheapest tickets, to plan to ask someone for their seat ‘I got kids, please move’.”

“Unless they upgrade me to first class I’m not moving,” states a third. “I paid for that seat, you should have planned your trip better.”

This isn’t the first time there’s been a debate around children and planes.

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A TikToker’s video recently led to people calling for child-free flights. Credit @balubrigada/TikTok

A TikToker recently went viral after uploading a snippet of his 29-hour flight which involved a screaming baby.

He ended the video by saying: “Stellar performance, incredible stamina. 10/10.”

It led to people saying there should be child-free flights, with one person commenting: “I don’t pay for a flight to listen to kids screaming.”

“Honestly there should be kid-free flights and kid flights,” added another.

And now, a woman’s video has reignited the debate about whether or not you swap seats on a plane if it’s for a child.

Dr Sabra
The woman has gone viral after refusing to give up a seat for a child. Credit: @lifewithdrsabra/TikTok

Dr Sabra – who goes by the handle @lifewithdrsabra on TikTok – says she was recently asked to move from her 1A plane seat so a child could sit there.

The 1A seat is the first seat in the first row of a plane and it’s considered one of the most desirable seats to be assigned.

Overlay text on her viral video reads: “POV: Flight agent asks me if I want to give up my 1A seat so a child sits with their family.”

Background audio features a soundbite from the film The Reading, where one of the characters says: “Girl, f*** them kids, and f*** you too.”

Sabra elaborates further on the situation, explaining that the child was in fact a teenager rather than an infant.

“That’s a no from me dawg, would you have given up your seat? Also, they ended up finding a solution so no, I am not a terrible human being. Also, the child was like 13,” she adds.

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The majority of people agree with the woman not giving up her seat. Credit: @lifewithdrsab/TikTok

In the comments, Sabra goes on to say: “To clarify, the gate agent asked me, I asked to see the seat map, I didn’t like the alternative. They were kind and found a solution right away.

“The family never addressed me. I think it was even the airline’s rule, not them asking to sit together.”

People have spoken out in the woman’s defence, with one TikToker commenting: “Nope, cause as a mom, it’s a parent’s responsibility to plan ahead. Just travelled to Europe for 1.5 months with my toddler and no one had to move.”

Alongside clapping emojis, another adds: “You did the right thing!”

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Sabra tells BuzzFeed that she did consider switching seats, however, the alternative wasn’t as good.

She explains: “It was still first class but all the way in the back.

“I kindly said that I’d rather keep the seat I selected and she didn’t insist. They went ahead and found another resolution pretty quickly.”

@lifewithdrsabThat’s a no from me dawg 🤣 would you have given up your seat? Also they ended up finding a solution so no, i am not a terrible human being. Also the child was like 13.♬ original sound – Sunshynelove21

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.