A Seattle pharmacist, who goes by the handle @LifeWithDrSabra on TikTok, was flying on Air France between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. Dr. Sabra has caused quite a stir with the majority people taking her side but I’m not sure I’m one of them. RELATED: Seat Kidnapping: I Can’t Believe It’s a Thing – Here’s What to Do If It Happens To You
Dr. Sabra’s six-second video shows herself smiling from ear-to-ear with the caption, “That’s a no from me dawg 🤣 would you have given up your seat?” But what I think what made the six-second video go viral, with over 10 million views and 3,900 comments, was the choice of background music she used, which you’ll hear in the video below:
@lifewithdrsabraThat’s a no from me dawg 🤣 would you have given up your seat? Also they ended up finding a solution so no, i am not a terrible human being. Also the child was like 13.♬ original sound – Sunshynelove21
That sounds like someone who has never had kids, is entitled, selfish and/or has no compassion.
First of all, I do believe every passenger has the right to keep their own assigned seat but according to Daily Mail, “she was upgraded on her flight by Air France, and denied the switch because she would have had to move to the rear of first class, instead of the front.”
It appears the gate agents did the right thing as they tried to fix the problem before she even boarded the plane. She told BuzzFeed, “The gate agent called my name before boarding. They were nice and asked me if I was willing to switch seats. I asked to see the alternative on the seat map. It was still first class but all the way in the back. I kindly said that I’d rather keep the seat I selected and she didn’t insist.”
What’s ironic is that Air France flies a 787-900 between SEA and CDG and as noted by SeatGuru, seat 1A is not the best seat in the cabin. It actually has a warning on it, “Seat 1 A is a standard Business Class seat, however, the proximity to the lavatories and galleys may be bothersome.” The last row (8) has a similar warning so it wouldn’t have been a downgrade.
The other problem I have, besides her choice of music and her smirk, is that she herself was upgraded and every coach passenger knows that when the upgrade gods come through, you would be happy to get any seat up front.
On the flip side, Dr. Sabra wrote, “They ended up finding a solution so no” and that “the child was like 13.” She also went on to say that she’s given up her extra legroom seat before to a regular seat so a tall person could sit there.
I also don’t know the circumstances. If the family with the 13-year-old booked their tickets a while ago and didn’t bother to assign the proper seats, it’s on them. However, if they missed a connection and were put on this flight at the last minute, then I can understand why they want to sit next to their 13-year-old. But as you can see from the seat map above, seat 1A is pretty remote. So the parents would have to be in seats 2A & 2D for it to make sense.
As I wrote in this post: Are You Obligated to Switch Seats on a Plane, there are a lot of variables but if you are going to ask some to switch seats, you better make sure you have an equal or better seat to give in return or a bill with Benjamin Franklin on it.
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