Sometimes the stress of flying can have a major effect on your body, mind, and soul, and cause you to make some not so great decisions when reacting with others around you. What may seem normal at the time becomes one of life's major regrets after the dust settles and your normal, more rational self returns. But even though the cooler version of yourself returns, they are still left to deal with the wreckage left behind.
Flying in the modern age can be a real drag. Long gone are the days of comforts, luxury, and relative ease when it comes to taking to the now not so friendly skies.
Before you even get on the plane, you are forced to deal with the long security lines where you are treated more like a prisoner than a paying customer. Then you have to find your way to your plane before it takes off without you because you were forced to go through an extensive search (see: shakedown) by TSA agents. And then when you finally board your plane, you often have to deal with people who are even more stressed and frustrated than you.
But sometimes the stress of flying can have a major effect on your body, mind, and soul, and cause you to make some not so great decisions when reacting with others around you. What may seem normal at the time becomes one of life's major regrets after the dust settles and your normal, more rational self returns. But even though the cooler version of yourself returns, they are still left to deal with the wreckage left behind.
This is where the story of Sandra comes in. Sandra recently took to Reddit to tell the story of a man who was not happy to be seated next to the mother of two. What first started out as an honest mistake quickly turned into a masterclass in how two people fall short of civility when faced with high-pressure situations. This road leads to revenge, one way or another, but who wins and who loses here is not so clear.
The way Sandra got back at the man who she claimed ruined her flight will leave you asking yourself one simple question: was it worth it?
Take a seat and buckle up because there's going to be some turbulence on this very bumpy ride.
This story starts innocent enough: Sandra, her husband, her daughter, and her son were all on a flight back home from a family trip when they realized they did not have four seats together.
"No big deal," Sandra later recalled. "We just split into two groups."
Sandra's husband took his seat with their son while Sandra took their daughter to their row where they were supposed to be sitting in the window and middle seats. But fate had different plans for this mother and her 4-year-old daughter.
"My daughter and I head back to our window and middle seat to find a guy in his 20s in our window seat," Sandra said. "I asked him to check his ticket, as I thought he might be in ours."
Honest mistake? We'll never know as the man "immediately got very rude and refused" to move and instead put in his earbuds in an attempt to block out the mother and her daughter.
Sandra thought it was an annoying move on the man's part, but she and her daughter just sat down in the middle and aisle seats so others could get past them on the plane. She placed her daughter in the middle seat and when most of the passengers were already settled in, Sandra got the attention of the nearest flight attendant to handle the situation.
After some coercion by the flight attendant and Sandra herself, the man finally moved to his proper seat, but not before making several loud comments about Sandra being an "entitled witch" for wanting the seat stamped on her ticket.
"The truth is, I didn't care about the window seat, but I knew my kid was going to crane her neck to see out frequently and didn't want to be rude," Sandra remembered.
This is where the story starts to turn and you begin to ask yourself who's the hero and who's the villain. Instead of doing the normal routine of sitting herself between her daughter and the man, Sandra decided to take the window seat for herself. But why? Why did she take the window seat when she just said her daughter would be craning her neck to see the clouds and ground below? Was this an oversight on her part or was it just a part of her plan?
Did she want to intensify the situation just for the sake of it?
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