A mother has sparked a furious debate after revealing her partner wanted her 13-year-old to sit in economy class while the pair enjoyed business class.
A woman, believed to be from the United States, asked Reddit if it would be inappropriate for her son to sit alone in economy class on a flight that would likely last nine hours.
Her child would not be allowed to sit with the mother and stepfather, because according to her, his partner does not want him.
The mother’s boyfriend of five years thinks the child should just be grateful for the international trip.
Reddit users remained furious with the mother for the suggestion, with one writing: “So we already know he doesn’t like your kid, what other huge red flags are you ignoring with this guy?”
The mother, believed to be from the US, sparked a wave of fury among Redditors by questioning whether it would be inappropriate to leave her child in economy class while she and her partner traveled business class (stock image )
She told the platform that her partner didn’t want their 13-year-old in business class with them and thinks the child should be grateful for the trip.
She tried to rationalize her partner’s behavior by saying he had spent money on her child’s various milestones during their five-year relationship.
The 33-year-old mother went to Reddit forum to explain that they reached this predicament while she and her partner were organizing a destination vacation for the “blended” family of three.
She explained the couple split the cost of the holiday for all three, although her boyfriend earns “considerably” more than her.
Her 40-year-old boyfriend thinks booking a business class ticket for his 13-year-old son “isn’t worth the extra cost, even if he were a millionaire.”
He expects the teen to enjoy movies and economy class amenities, explaining that the child can visit the couple throughout the flight.
The mother said that if the child were to travel in the same class as the two, she would have to pay for the upgrade.
She wrote that the boyfriend thinks it’s strange and “morally wrong” for her to do it.
According to her, her partner would be happy to sit alone in business class, while she accompanies her child
The woman tried to rationalize her partner’s behavior towards her child by saying: “He spent a lot of money and time on my child, for birthdays, events and milestones.
“They get along well and have had very little upheaval.”
She added: “From time to time I’ve had to defend one or the other, but I feel like that’s normal in blended families.
But Reddit users were left absolutely perplexed that the mother was OK with her partner’s conduct towards her child.
One person commented: “Yes a 13 year old can travel in a different class. Hell, they could travel alone.
“But there’s just something unsettling about a parent being on the same flight but in a different class. Does your boyfriend normally disrespect your child?”
Another person chimed in: “It’s unsettling because it’s expected. If this happened unintentionally, I think everyone could accept it.
“But deliberately taking your 13-year-old child away from you because it’s a waste of money is very destabilizing.”
One user added: “Sit in economy with your son. Let your boyfriend sit alone in business class.
“If you start letting him exclude your son, he’ll think it’s no big deal and continue to push that boundary.”
Others urged the mother to be aware of the impact her boyfriend’s actions could have on her child, saying: “If this is how your boyfriend is going to treat your child, you better reconsider your relationship.
“It’s not just going to be a business class plane ticket that’s the problem.”
However, not everyone agreed that the stepdad was in the wrong, with one user writing: “If I was 13 I wouldn’t want to sit next to my parents on a plane .
“Nor would it occur to me that I was allowed to sit in first class. I would just assume it was an adult thing.
“And if the child has a problem, just say something like: You can have the first lesson at 21.”
Another joked: “I don’t think it’s weird that kids sit differently than adults.” This lasts 9 hours in a closed and relatively safe space.