The debate over airplane etiquette has reached a fever pitch in recent months, but it has been reignited by an influencer who refused to switch seats.
Audrey Peters, 25, took to TikTok to share her displeasure with the request to move to a middle seat so a family can sit together.
The social media star, who is from Miami but currently lives in New York City, laughed off the request, saying they should have booked their flight earlier.
But her post sparked fierce debate as chair-changing etiquette continues to divide the internet.
Audrey Peters, 25, took to TikTok to share her dismay at being asked to move to a middle seat so a family can sit together
The social media star, who is from Miami but lives in New York City, laughed off the request, saying they should have booked their flight earlier
In the six-second clip, which has been viewed more than 660,000 times to date, Audrey appears to be sitting in first class with a glass of champagne in hand as she flies to Paris.
The video is overlaid with text that reads, “When a family asks me to switch seats on the plane so they can sit together.”
She grins and cheers to the camera as she sings along to a backing track that says, “Girl, f*** those kids, and f*** you too.”
The social media star, who has 651,000 followers on the platform, uploaded the clip along with a caption that read, “No I’m not swapping for a middle seat, book your flights sooner darlings.”
Audrey took to Instagram a short time later and revealed she flew business class from New York to Paris.
And, with tickets averaging $10,000, she said she used her American Express platinum points to cover the cost.
The clip once again opened the floodgates for fierce debate in the comments about aircraft etiquette.
In one camp, there were dozens who agreed with Audrey, blaming the unnamed family for not planning more effectively.
One wrote, “1000%, I’m surprised people sometimes start giving you an attitude (because) you don’t want to switch.”
Another added: “It’s not like the kids can escape the plane… they’ll be there when you land.”
The controversial six-second clip of the influencer has been viewed more than 660,000 times to date
Audrey, who has 651,000 followers on the platform, uploaded the clip alongside a caption that read, “No I’m not swapping for a middle seat, book your flights sooner darlings”
In one camp, there were dozens who agreed with Audrey and blamed the family for not planning more effectively
And a third said, “I’m tired of people thinking it’s okay to disturb someone because of their lack of planning.”
But on the other side of the debate, many criticized the influencer for her lack of compassion.
One of them remarked, ‘I love you! But come on I have kids but always paid extra to be together. But I have no control over cancellations and worthless rebookings. To be better.’
Another said, “To be honest – this mentality annoys me.”
And someone else posted, “God forbid we are expected to make someone’s life easier!”
But this is just the latest in a long line of controversies surrounding aircraft etiquette.
Audrey’s clip has reignited the debate about aircraft etiquette that has reached a fever pitch in recent months
Taking to Instagram a short time later, Audrey revealed that she flew business class from New York to Paris — and that, with tickets averaging around $10,000, she used her American Express Platinum points to cover the cost
But on the other side of the debate, many social media users criticized the influencer for her lack of compassion
Earlier this month, another TikTok influencer said she was caught up in a nightmare of switching seats after refusing to give up a window seat so a fellow passenger could sit with her six-foot son.
Surya Garg, 23, from New York, described how a mother asked if she could give up her window seat – which she had paid extra for – so she could sit with her son who “had to be at least 16 or 17 years old.” old.’
When she asked where the woman wanted to move her, she was directed to a “middle seat, about a few rows back.”
When she subsequently asked who the woman’s son was, she was shocked to discover that he was not a child, but “like a six-foot man.”
Surya said that at this point she “didn’t really know what to say to the mother” and “didn’t want to look like an ‘a**hole’.”
However, she decided to reject the woman’s request, explaining to her that she had paid extra for the seat.
After being told ‘no’, Surya said the mother made ‘the dirtiest face at me I’ve ever experienced’, then went on to ‘blaspheme’ for ‘the whole’ flight.