A MAN has sparked debate online after publicly shaming his girlfriend for accepting a free upgrade on a flight.
The abandoned boyfriend was left behind in economy class, while his partner got to make the most of her airline points in a more comfortable seat.
He said it was "messed up" that his partner would desert him for a better chair, especially when it was only in premium economy and not first class.
And if the tables were turned, he insisted he would "never" accept the upgrade.
In a post on Reddit, he wrote: "Quick question – When my GF (27) and I (M30) fly a certain airline she has status on – she usually gets upgraded 90% of the time.
"When she does get offered the upgrade, she takes it while leaving me behind in the economy.
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"Mind you, this is an Economy "premium" upgrade, not first class.
"In my mind, I'm flagging this as like kind of messed up cause I would want never take that upgrade since I'd want to sit with her. You know, like a couple."
Plenty of people agreed with the man, saying his partner's behaviour was unacceptable.
One user wrote: "Selfish as hell mate and with something so minor? Yikes."
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Another suggested it was a signal that things would get worse in the future.
They said: "I would definitely flag this behaviour. To me, it seems as if she puts herself ahead of you in this relationship, as time goes on, it will most likely get worse, my friend."
However, others felt the man was being overly sensitive and suggested he was making a much bigger deal out of it than he needed to.
One said: "My husband and I travel frequently and while we enjoy sitting next to each other we haven’t in over half the flights we have been on and have flown in different classes before.
"We have always been excited/grateful for the other person when they get upgraded. If you truly care about someone and are not overly sensitive this isn’t a big deal."
Another argued: "All these comments calling the gf selfish are insane.
"This is such a non-issue in my mind. Your gf doesn’t need to sit next to you every time you fly."
A third person pointed out that the only people who needed to sit next to each other during the flight were the pilots and said the man should just let his girlfriend make the most of the perk.
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Meanwhile, this man divided opinion when he refused to swap seats with an eight-year-old child to let her sit next to her mum.
And this passenger tried to replicate the comfort of first class in economy by bringing a strange item on board the plane.
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