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Family Guy scene sparks debate on switching airplane seats after woman refused to give up window

Kit Roberts

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Family Guy scene sparks debate on switching airplane seats after woman refused to give up window

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/myconquering/FOX

Anyone who's spent any time on Reddit will have seen countless debates about whether you should swap plane seats so young families can sit together, and now Stewie and Brian have weighed in.

You can watch Family Guy deliver the final word on the plane etiquette dilemma below:

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You can picture the scenario. You're finally past security, tired and irritable but finally on your flight in your reserved seat, when a panicked parent approaches and asks if you would mind switching so their family can seat together.

Many people have recounted what happens after they refuse to swap, as parents become visibly irritated at their refusal.

One resurfaced episode of Family Guy explores this exact premise, with Stewie and Brian catching a plane.

The scene from Family Guy. Credit: FOX
The scene from Family Guy. Credit: FOX
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The pair are settling in to their flight when a woman approaches them

She asks: “Excuse me, do you mind if we switch seats so my family can sit altogether."

Stewie bluntly responds: “No, no, we don’t switch."

The mom continues: “Cause when we booked, they didn’t have three together."

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But Stewie interrupts her, saying: “Ma’am, ma’am, your poor planning does not constitute an emergency for me, you’ll see him in Paris, go sit down.”

Plenty of people thought Stewie had the right idea.

Would you swap seats so parents could sit next to their kids? Credit: d3sign/Getty Images
Would you swap seats so parents could sit next to their kids? Credit: d3sign/Getty Images

One commented: "Stewie is right. I'm sick of 'seat cheaters' - either pay extra or go home..."

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Another wrote: "The rare moments when adults can understand what Stewie says."

A real life story has now gone viral on TikTok as a woman shares how she she refused to give up her seat when a fellow passenger asked to swap.

But in this case, they didn't even bother to wait until she had sat down.

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Tammy Nelson had been travelling for work when she got to her seat to find a mom had already sat in it with her two children.

The mom asked if she could switch, and offered her middle seat for Tammy's window seat.

But Tammy, who had not slept well and had a big presentation, did not switch.

She said: “Having had only 90 minutes of sleep the night before and knowing I had to give a presentation to 500 people, I desperately needed some sleep.

“So I did not agree to switch seats.”

And an overwhelming majority of people sided with Tammy.

Tammy Nelson refused to switch seats. Credit: TikTok / @myconquering
Tammy Nelson refused to switch seats. Credit: TikTok / @myconquering

One wrote: “Switching a window sear for a middle seat? Oh hells NO! Only person I would do that for is my kid!”

A third said: "We fly often with our three kids and pay to sit together, we don't expect people to move for us."

Perhaps the takeaway for switching seats is simply that you don't have to if you don't want to, but sometimes it might be the kind thing to do.

Topics: Community, News, US News, Travel

Kit Roberts
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