When nature calls, it’s kind of hard to ignore it.
A passenger aboard an unnamed airline took to Reddit to gauge whether they were in the wrong when an unpleasant encounter with a flight attendant regarding a bathroom situation took place on-flight.
The passenger, sassyelle on Reddit, explained to the divisive “AITA” community that before landing, a flight attendant made an announcement: if you need to use the bathroom, do it now. When an influx of people got up right away to use the bathrooms, sassyelle decided to use the available bathroom closest to their seat: the first class bathroom. When sassyelle exited, a flight attendant was standing directly outside the bathroom waiting.
Writes sassyelle, “She proceeded to angrily tell me that I had used the wrong bathroom… Frankly, I’d had a long and difficult work day and didn’t feel like listening to her lecture. So I interrupted to say ‘thank you for telling me’ and walked away.”
Then, the flight attendant followed saying loudly, “it’s extremely rude to walk away from people when they’re talking to you, don’t you think?” Now sassyelle wants to know, were they in the wrong? Or was the flight attendant?
Reddit users weighed in on the encounter and were once again divided on the issue:
One user who felt that sassyelle was in the wrong said, “Yeah, but right and wrong aren’t judged by if it’s costing anyone money. First Class bathrooms are reserved for first class passengers, plain and simple. That’s it. If you are not flying first class, you can’t use those bathrooms. And I say this as someone who has never flown first class.”
Those who felt that the flight attendant was in the wrong argued: “No, when you’re in the phase of flight where you’re trying to cycle as many passengers through the restrooms as possible in order to have them seated and belted for the approach, class divisions take a back seat to flight operations. The FA should have been working in that mode. And I say that as a pilot.”
And others thought both parties mishandled the situation: “You broke the rules and were rude to her. She was overreacting.”
Toilet access isn’t a privilege, especially when it’s a matter of urgency. Though it’s important to note that some airlines may have different rules about using toilets located in different cabins and failure to comply with a crewmember can potentially get you arrested.
How would you have handled the situation?
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