Business class passenger applauded for refusing to change seats so family could sit together

  • 02/03/2023

Another business class passenger has gone viral for their response to being asked to switch seats to accommodate other travellers, days after Australian Jay Kloss made international headlines with his "serious rant".

US influencer Audrey Peters published a TikTok post on Wednesday (NZ time) that has quickly amassed 1.3 million views and over 100,000 likes at the time of writing.

In the clip she grins at the camera while drinking sparkling wine and mouthing an expletive about the children she refused changing seats for.

"No, I'm not switching for a middle seat. Book your flights earlier babes," Peters captioned the video.

Text on the video reads, "When a family asks me to switch seats on the plane so they can sit together" - as audio from the 2023 film The Reading features a woman laughing and saying: "Girl, f**k them kids and f**k you too!"

Most viewers supported Peters' position.

"I would simply never ask. My kid could be seated five rows away I'd be like well... see ya in arrivals," said one, to which Peters responded: "Haha slay."

"As a mom, I fully agree! It's only okay if your new seat would be better than the one you paid for," another comment said.

"My parents purposely booked my whole family apart so we couldn’t fight," added a third.

However, some comments suggested Peters should have considered helping the family sit together, claiming sometimes airlines separate family members despite their booking early.

"Yes BUT when you book your flights months in advance and pick seats together then Delta moves your 2-year-old to the back of the plane away from you..." one said.

Peters agreed, saying: "This is an exception! Totally get it when the airline screws you."

People asking others to switch seats for them or refusing to do so when asked is often a source of debate online.

Earlier this year, another woman was celebrated on Reddit for not swapping seats for a father and daughter, which made the child cry.

Last year, an angry online tirade about a passenger not wanting to give up their seat by a bassinet so a mother and baby could use it also drew sharply divided opinions.