United Airlines passenger Norma Rodgers was on a flight back from Las Vegas to Newark, New Jersey, on January 2 when she filmed her seatmate complaining about being seated between Rodgers and her partner.
As the Daily Mail reported, tensions were running high when an unnamed female passenger couldn’t face the idea of flying four hours wedged between two “big” passengers in a middle seat.
She was caught on camera loudly bemoaning her lack of space in her seat assignment. At one point, she said:
“I eat salad, OK?”
In the video, the woman is heard saying:
“Oh, my goodness, I don’t know how I’m going to do this for the next four hours. This is just impossible ’cause they’re squishing me. Like, friggin’ just unbelievable.”
She continued to complain:
“I can’t sit here because they’re both so big on left and right. I can’t even sit here.”
At one point she makes a snarky comment:
“At least they’ll keep me warm.”
Rodgers, who was sitting in the window seat, finally couldn’t take any more of the negative remarks and asked a flight attendant to find the irate passenger a new seat. She said:
“Excuse me, can you find her another seat? Because I will not be verbally abused by this b***h or anybody else.
I will not be verbally abused by anybody. I’m not tolerating it.”
The unnamed flyer then begins to demonstrate her discomfort before a flight attendant escorts her to another seat in the back of the plane.
As she leaves her seat, she’s yelled at by other passengers who say she should be “ashamed” of her behavior, to which she responds:
“I’m not politically correct.”
She tells someone else:
“Why don’t you try and sit between those two big pigs?”
Watch the video below (Warning: the clip contains strong language):
As Dearly previously reported, coach passengers are being thrown together with people from all walks of life as flights are becoming more affordable.
Facebook commenters who defended the woman wanting to move said facing the prospect of spending several hours in discomfort could easily make someone’s blood boil.
One person wrote:
Honestly, I can’t blame her…..she has no room at all. You barely have room with people that aren’t big, let alone the size of these two people. They’re both touching her on each side. I would be uncomfortable too, no matter who it was.
Another person wrote:
Can’t blame her, she was sandwiched between 2 hug people. I would hate it as well.
Others said she could have handled the situation better. One man wrote:
Well, in reality, I would be annoyed too sitting in the middle but that the price u pay to fly economy if she so picky fly first class or get a private jet.
OML this woman is savagely rude! She should’ve got out of her d*mn seat and privately spoken to the flight attendant her concern, this would have been the ideal approach.
United Airlines has not responded to the Mail’s request for comment.
Rodgers says in the video that she has flown regularly for many years and that this was the first time she’s been insulted on a flight.