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Woman divides opinion after refusing to give up 1A airplane seat for teen

Gregory Robinson

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Woman divides opinion after refusing to give up 1A airplane seat for teen

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/lifewithdrsabra

Flight etiquette is always a hot topic on social media and now another person has gone viral for claiming they refused to swap seats so a child could sit with their family.

Seating plans on planes are a contentious issue which never fails to divide the internet.

A TikToker has confessed she was asked to move from her 1A plane seat during a flight to accommodate another passenger’s wish.

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Sabra Zaraa shared a short clip of herself on Thursday (20 July) revealing that she didn’t grant them their wish.

“POV: Flight agent asks me if I want to give up my 1A seat so a child sits with their family,” she explained via the in-video caption.

Zaraa, who posts using the handle @lifewithdrsabra, used a popular TikTok audio of a person saying: “Girl, f**k them kids and f**k you too.” It is often used by creators to accompany clips in which they decide not to make sacrifices for other people’s children.

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The 1A seat is the first seat in the first row of a plane and is usually in first class. It is often considered to be the most desirable seat on the plane among frequent travelers.

Zaraa refused to give up her seat. Credit: TikTok/@lifewithdrsabra
Zaraa refused to give up her seat. Credit: TikTok/@lifewithdrsabra

Zaraa shared more information in the written caption under her post, where she explained that she decided against giving up her seat and that the family ended up ‘finding a solution’ to being seated separately. However, she did not explain how.

“That’s a no from me dawg,” she wrote. “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.”

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The video has received 4.1 million views and TikTok users had a lot to say on the matter.

In the midst of the debate around whether Zaraa was in the right or wrong to keep her seat, one commenter said: “I gave up that seat so [a] newlywed couple could sit together. Kindness is free.”

Another user replied to the comment above and explained: “Nobody said what she’s doing isn’t kind. She planned properly and they didn’t - so it’s not her responsibility to move.”

Plane seat etiquette is a hot topic on TikTok. Credit: JC Gellidon/Unsplash
Plane seat etiquette is a hot topic on TikTok. Credit: JC Gellidon/Unsplash
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Another commenter added: “Well, the seat isn’t free.”

One user, who sided with Zaraa, said she was not in the wrong to keep her seat, writing: “Nope! They wanted to sit together should’ve booked it that way!”

Someone else penned: “If they want to switch seats in economy, I would consider it. But if I paid extra for comfort, hell no! Attendant should be ashamed to even try.”

A different TikToker went viral in October last year after she unapologetically refused to swap plane seats so a family could sit together.

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Taking to the video-sharing platform, Maresa Friedman wrote: "No you can’t have my seat!

"I am not a villain for moving from the seat in first class I paid full fare for."

In a series of follow-up vids, she remained adamant that families shouldn't expect passengers, who have already paid for their seats, to move.

"I’m also a mom, so it’s called PLANNING AHEAD," Friedman added.

What do you think?

Topics: Community, TikTok, Travel, Viral

Gregory Robinson
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