Mum's revenge on passenger who wouldn't switch seats so she could sit with kids

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The comic and mother had been split up from her children on a flight (Image: Getty Images)
The comic and mother had been split up from her children on a flight (Image: Getty Images)

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to swapping seats on a plane - some people don't mind, others are vehemently against it. But our decision of whether to swap or not doesn't always go as planned, especially if you've invoked the wrath of a comedian and mother who's out for revenge...

Cindy Arena from New York was recently on a flight which had not assigned her a seat near her two kids, aged six and four. The mum asked the fellow passenger to swap so she could sit near her kids, but when her request was refused she managed to get her revenge.

She took to TikTok to reveal just how she turned the tables on the passenger who refused to swap her seat simply by leaving the woman to look after her two young children. After the passenger refused, Cindy said it wasn't long before being sat with her two children proved too much for the unnamed passenger.

Mum's revenge on passenger who wouldn't switch seats so she could sit with kids eidexiqreiqtrinvCindy took to TikTok to share her experience of being split up from her children on a flight (cindyarenacomedy/Tiktok)

Sharing her experience on TikTok, she posted a video which has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. In it, she addresses an article in the background about the never-ending debate around plane seats and allocations.

The article in question was talking about a situation where a woman refused to give up her window seat for a mum and her two kids, and asked whether solo travellers should have to switch seats in order to allow families to sit together.

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Cindy's initial response was: "I love that people are asking this as a question. Like, if you don't have a seat next to your kids should the person that is sitting next to your children move so you can sit with them? Like, someone's actually asking this question."

Pausing for dramatic effect, Cindy continued: "No. Let them stay with your kids. This has happened to me."

She went on to explain her experience saying: "The woman refused to get up. She refused and my two children at the time were like four and six.

"Then I said, 'Ok, no problem, I'm not going to argue', and I went to the back of the plane and sat in my assigned seat because she wouldn't give hers up.

"It was so peaceful, and finally the stewardess comes up because I know she's coming because this b***h is sitting next to my kids and there's nothing fun about that. And she said 'Um, ma'am, she would like to trade seats with you now', and I said 'Oh no, no, we need to stay in our assigned seats, have a good flight'."

Social media users were left thoroughly divided on the topic, forming two distinct camps. One group praised Cindy for her actions, with one saying: "Someone else can gladly sit next to my toddlers."

Mum's revenge on passenger who wouldn't switch seats so she could sit with kidsThe comic knew just how to exact her revenge on the woman who refused to swap seats so the mum could sit with her four and six year olds (Getty Images)

Another said: "I wasn't sure what direction this was headed, but it did not disappoint." A third saw distinct advantages to Cindy's actions, saying: "Bro yea like make them babysit for free."

However, others weren't so sure about the tactic. One person brought up the fact that the majority of airlines now allow passengers to prebook their seats, saying: "Nope, book your seats properly."

"In my opinion, plan ahead and buy tickets together," said one user. "Understandably, emergency flights come up and that might not be an option. But be prepared for a no."

One gave their view saying: "I pay for a seat. I stay in a seat."

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What do you think of Cindy's approach to the situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Fiona Leishman

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