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Man Stands in Aisle for 6-Hour Flight so His Wife Can Sleep

Man Stands in Aisle for 6-Hour Flight so His Wife Can Sleep
Jennifer Billock

What do you think would be the ultimate declaration of love while stuck on a long-haul flight? For some people, it’s a story that was recently shared online of a man allowing his wife to sleep for an entire six-hour flight, by standing up in the aisle for the duration so she could stretch out and rest.

What would you think if you saw a man standing in the aisle of an airplane for an entire flight—a long haul, six-hour flight—just to let his wife sleep for the duration of the trip, sprawled out across all the seats?

Turns out, the situation draws a pretty divided response. A recent Twitter post by user Courtney Lee Johnson shows this exact thing happening: a man is standing in the aisle while (presumably) his wife is sleeping, stretched out on the seats. The image is captioned with this: “This guy stood up the whole 6 hours so his wife could sleep. Now THAT is love,” the NZ Herald reported.

But is it though? Some people don’t agree. A Twitter storm erupted about whether it’s actually the ultimate version of love, or if his wife is just being selfish.

“That is the ultimate love, but with a little travel experience … you know to just lay in his lap and then he can lay his head on your hips. There’s a formula lol,” Elle Woods tweeted in response, reported by NZ Herald.

Other tweets were not as nice: “If that is love then I rather be lonely,” “That’s not love, his wife is selfish and he is weak,” and “Sounds like that Rose and Jack situation from titanic. So silly.” What do you think? The ultimate act of love, or a selfish partner?


[Featured Image: Twitter/@courtneylj_]

View Comments (17)


  1. Barrheadlass

    September 10, 2019 at 2:45 am

    So people and flight attendants had to walk around him the entire flight?

  2. weero


    September 10, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Why did the FAs tolerate that self-obsessed unsafe behavior. Standing for more than a few minutes is an unnecessary inconvenience and risk for the other passengers.

    It’s not your plane and you are not alone – just behave like normal, sane people.

    Big boo to the airline.

  3. Global321

    September 10, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Selfish. On three fronts!

    1) The poor passanger across the aisle who had this guy’s a$$ in their face for 6 hours.
    2) The person in the seat in front and behind of this couple’s seats that had this guy’s arm on their seats for 6 hours.
    3) The wife that let her husband stand for 6 hours. If she was that tired she could have slept upright. Or with her head on his lap.

    Selfish couple.

  4. BJM

    September 10, 2019 at 6:35 am

    The real question is (for me, anyhow) is why is Courtney taking pictures of people she does not know and posting it on the internet?

  5. Sleepy_Sentry

    September 10, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I would be really annoyed if I were sitting in an adjacent row. Having someone’s rear end in your face for 6 hours is not fair.

  6. kimikoftokyo


    September 11, 2019 at 4:33 am

    I see how nice this is but on the other hand there could of been a compromise . People naturally will be upset. Where would this world be without these people ? As I was saying I see both good and bad in this.

  7. geminidreams

    September 11, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Maybe the wife had an issue and he was the caring husband. Maybe there was an ulterior motive with a payback. I would be surprised if there were not a few seat belt alerts on the trip, where did he sit then?

  8. MRM

    September 11, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Yeah, maybe love to them, but a safety issue and pain in the butt to everyone else. Sit your butt down, and if you and the Mrs. aren’t smart enough to figure out how to sleep during the flight, then you weren’t really that tired. There’s nothing “cute” or debatable about this situation.

  9. HomerJay

    September 11, 2019 at 6:12 am

    We don’t know if the wife was ill or frail or there was some other extenuating circumstance.

    Absent that, it would be selfish and inconsiderate.

  10. avw

    September 11, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Sit DOWN!! This is unsafe for everyone around you! And how dare you lean on the seat in front of you!

  11. Loren Pechtel

    September 11, 2019 at 9:14 am

    This makes no sense. Sit in the aisle seat, she uses your legs as a pillow.

  12. drphun

    September 11, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Yeah, the husband and wife’s relationship is their business, but the aisle belongs to everyone and it is wrong to misappropriate it for their own use. What is weird is that the article totally misses that.

  13. uygi

    September 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I’m not a fan of the bare feet being up either.

  14. jrpallante

    September 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    It’s funny how people try to read so much into a simple photo and a tweet, including the author of this story. So here are a couple of other unfounded interpretations… Maybe the wife has a problem with bromodosis, halitosis, or nighttime flatulence, and he was actually standing for his own benefit? Maybe she is an evil dominatrix who forced her cowering husband to stand? Maybe he has back problems that make it more comfortable to stand than to sit in a tiny airplane seat? Just sayin…

  15. Annalisa12


    September 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I would hate to have him standing near me. I like my personal space.


    September 13, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Wow! What a lot of negative comments. I choose to believe that he was indeed providing an act of selfless love. Many people cannot sleep sitting up, and I suspect she was ill or otherwise really needed to sleep.

  17. laperk1028

    September 18, 2019 at 9:08 am

    As long as it is determined she is not ill……….it is a safety issue and a selfish issue. FA’s need this space PLUS other passengers deserve the same type of respect he is so eager to give his wife.

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