Be a seat hog on the plane? No lunch for you.
This is my boyfriend’s story of petty revenge that I think belongs here.
My boyfriend and I live overseas and flew back home to visit our families earlier this month. Since I got more time off work than he did, we flew home separately.
My bf found cheap flights on a budget airline with notoriously small seats and little legroom. The flight time back home is almost 8 hours.
Bf’s flight wasn’t completely full, so at the back of the plane where he was sitting there was a smattering of free seats. Most people at the back either had an aisle or an empty seat beside them.
Unfortunately, my bf was in a section of 3 with no free seats. He had the aisle seat, with an elderly couple sitting in the middle and window seat. Directly across the aisle in the middle of the plane there were 3 free seats.
As soon as everyone had boarded the plane, a lady a few rows up called the flight attendant over and complained about how uncomfortable she was, and demanded to move into the 3 free seats. The flight attendant told her that no one was allowed to move seats until after the plane had taken off and the seatbelt sign had been switched off.
A few minutes after takeoff when the seatbelt sign was off, my bf figured he’d take one of the 3 free seats to give the elderly couple beside him more space to be comfy on the long flight. He had just unbuckled his seat belt and started making a move across the aisle when the disgruntled lady a few rows up flung herself into one of the free seats and spread her bags across the other 2, not even waiting to see if anyone else wanted one of the seats (so that she’d be on an aisle with a free seat in the middle and someone else on the other aisle). She pulled out nail clippers, clipped her fingernails, and then started painting them. After that was done she stretched out across the 3 seats and went to sleep.
The elderly couple saw this happen and commented on how rude it was that this lady didn’t give anyone else the chance to take one of the seats, and the two of them and my bf discussed her rudeness quietly amongst themselves.
A couple of hours later the flight attendants came down the aisle with hot paninis for lunch. Since Ms. Just Got Mah Nailz Did was passed out with her feet sticking out into the aisle, the flight attendants put her panini on the seat back tray instead of waking her up.
My bf and the elderly couple shared a knowing look, and then my bf stealthily grabbed the lady’s panini off the tray. The three of them took her panini out of the plastic wrap, and then divided it up amongst themselves.
TL:DR: Lady on a transatlantic flight hogs 3 seats to herself instead of allowing someone else to have one of them. Clips and paints her nails, then passes out, so my bf and the people he was sitting with steal her sandwich and divide it between themselves.
The sweet, toasty spoils of petty revenge.