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Woman asks if she was wrong for refusing to close window shade on flight.

Woman asks if she was wrong for refusing to close window shade on flight.


Flying is hard for everyone. When this passenger is conflicted about her window shade, she asks the popular Reddit forum:

'AITA for keeping my window shade open on flight?'

So when I fly I go out of my way to ensure I have a window seat as I enjoy both looking out the window and having the warm sun shine on me. On this flight I’m on I have the window seat and there’s one lady in the aisle seat (nobody in the middle seat).

As soon as I get to my seat and politely tell her that I’m sitting here and signaling her to get up so I can sit down she’s already sighing, not sure why. Not even 10 minutes into the flight I’m resting my head on the table you pull down from the seat.

Headphones in listening to music, with my face towards the window enjoying the sun on my face. Mind you this is a 7am flight and we are on the side where the sun rises.

She taps my shoulder and says “can you shut the window shade?”. I say “sorry but the whole reason I purchase a window seat is to look out the window” she just goes “okay, great” and let’s out a huge exaggerated sigh. I put my headphones in and go back to what I was doing for the rest of the 2hr flight.

I kind of can see where she’s coming from but if she insists on having the shade shut then she could have purchased a window seat. I paid an extra $30 or whatever it was so I feel as if I should be able to do whatever I want with the window shade… AITA?

Let's see what Reddit had to say.

lollipopthroway writes:

NTA. OP paid for that seat for the window view specifically. I understand being courteous to people but this is a different scenario, if OP paid for window view they should be able to have the shade open as long as they want. it being a longer flight wouldn't change anything imo (unless you mean SHE would be the ah instead of op, then i can agree with you).

Aboveaverage87 writes:

YTA!!! This is public transit not your private plane, there are certain common courtesy expectations. One has to do with the hour of the day and having a bright ass light shining through the window.

Do you have to keep it closed the whole time? No, but you should compromise and let them sleep for at least part of the flight. At a 7 am flight people almost always keep the windows closed.

She also paid for a ticket and at least right now it is not always that they could not afford it, sometimes they didn’t book in time to get it or maybe they feel trapped in the window seat and that makes the aisle seat more comfortable, maybe they have Ibs and need to be able to get rot eh bathroom easier who knows.

I always get the window seat because I get sick if I can’t look out the window during takeoff and landing, but the window being open or closed outside of that has to do with the general vibe of the plane and what is best for the majority of the people on the flight.

If I somehow did not get it, and asked the person in the window seat to please open at those times so I could try to look out and they didn’t? They would be a huge a&^hole.

This isn’t different. If you want to completely control that, it sounds like you need to work harder and buy your own plane… or pay for all the tickets in an entire row. Otherwise don’t be an AH and compromise.

Say “I really like to have the window open but if that is making it hard for you to sleep I can only keep it open for half the flight would the first or last half work better for you?”

This is like bringing tuna fish on a plane and stinking up the whole place and being like I’m not an a$*hole because I bought a ticket now I can do whatever I want and don’t care if it makes anyone else uncomfortable! HAHAHA.

bellaperrix writes:

NTA. If you want control over the window, you need to select or pay window seat. People in the same row can ask, but they will not be able to control.

Well, the jury's out on this one. Is OP TA? What do YOU think?

Sources: Reddit
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