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.

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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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6 Comments On "Doctor Boasts in Viral Video About Refusing to Switch Business Class Seats So Family Can Sit Together"
  1. Ryan|

    My suggestion would be one of the parents offer their business class seats to 2 people in economy then they could sit next to their child if they were so concerned

  2. Fadra Nally|

    How about this… how about you politely decline, if you so choose, and go about your business instead of gloating about a questionable decision for all the world to judge?

    I gues the world really is a stage.

  3. Anonymous|

    What have we come to gloat and then post.

  4. DT|

    She first need to stop calling herself a doctor when she’s not a medical doctor. Is she going to save a live when someone ask for a “doctor” on the plane? definitely an attention seeking person.

  5. Max Weber|

    Pharmacists are in fact doctors. You probably don’t refer to your pharmacist as “doctor.” In fact, when you meet pharmacists at your local apothecary, they will likely introduce themselves by their first name. However, they are indeed doctors. As of the year 2004, a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) is required to sit for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy exams. And passage of said exams is required to work as a pharmacist and dispense medications in the United States. The only exception would be a pharmacist who earned credentials at pharmacy school prior to 2004, when a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy education was acceptable as well (however, even at that time many pharmacists choose the Pharm.D. path anyway).

  6. Barb B|

    I hope her CUSTOMERS see this. I’d never go to that Pharmacy again. I support kind people, she’s not one.

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