They Told a Family They Should Fly Private After a Dispute on a Plane. Are They a Jerk?

People sure are getting testy on airplanes these days, aren’t they?

That’s why I put on my huge headphones when I fly and don’t say a word to anyone…but that’s just me.

Check out this story from Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page and see if you think this person was out of line for how they behaved on a flight.

AITA for telling a family to fly private?

“I was recently flying from NYC to LAX for a work trip and I had the displeasure of sitting next to a family and a little boy (9).

I got on the plane in the midst of issues with my diabetes and I needed to eat within two hours so I began snacking. I immediately began receiving dirty looks from the parents and the mother said “can you not do that? Our son.” so I put my food away and figured I’d wait until the flight attendant came around so I could buy food from her and eat at an acceptable time just to show some respect for their wishes.

So the flight attendant comes by with her beverages and snacks, I start to ask for a Coke and a snack box, but before I can finish the sentence the father says “nothing for this row, we’re all set here” and she continues on.

I go up to press the call light so I can get my food and my drink because I actually need it and the father says “our son has prader-willi, we’d prefer it if you didn’t eat because it causes tantrums when he doesn’t know he can’t eat and he’s always hungry”.

I’m close to a tantrum myself at this point and so I look him in the eye and say “I do not care, fly private if you want to control your surroundings”.

The flight attendant comes back and I get my food and my drink, I snarf it down and chug my soda, and I sit back. As soon as I’m calmed and I’m able to open my laptop and get back to work the mother leans in and says “I feel a calling to educate you about my son’s disease” and I felt my entire body clench up.

She keeps talking to me and explaining how I’d made her son feel and I said “listen lady, I don’t f**king care, I’m going to handle my T1D the way I see fit and you’re going to handle your son the way you see fit. I’m not endangering myself because you don’t want to deal with a tantrum, if you want to control other people then you book all the seats in a row or you f**king fly private.”

I recounted the story to a friend of mine once I’d gotten off the plane and she immediately told me that I was a huge AH and I should’ve given them a little bit of grace due to their son’s condition. I kind of feel bad but at the same time, I think that it’s unavoidable if you’re going into public and you’re around others.


And here’s what Reddit users had to say about this.

One reader said this person is NTA and that no one can dictate how a person is supposed to act.

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And this individual agreed and said this seems to be a common theme these days…

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Another Reddit user said this person is NTA and that they did a good job of keeping their cool.

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