Three years ago I wrote about husbands who fly business class while their wives fly coach. Last year the Washington Post‘s relationship columnist covered the issue, telling a woman whose boyfriend flies up front while he pays for her to fly coach that she should dump him: “His wife sat alone in coach: His epitaph writes itself.”
When only one premium cabin seat is available do you,
- Decide that sitting together is more important, even if it’s less comfortable in back?
- Offer it up to your less frequent flying partner?
- Gladly take it yourself, you earned it?
And for the person left in back that’s resentful, what do they think of their partner that they’d wish for them to sit in coach? Maybe they should ask a flight attendant’s permission to split time in the seat?
Sometimes couples just don’t like each other that much and being in separate cabins is a great way to stay together. Over the holidays last fall two American Airlines flights had to divert when couples got into fights on board.
It does seem most of the stories are about men flying up front while wives or girlfriends are in back, so I was intrigued by a role reversal: an Instagram ‘influencer’ who says she flies up front and leaves her husband and kids in back.
- She doesn’t believe kids should sit up front because they can’t appreciate the work it takes to get there.
- But she needs to sit up front so she can be productive in flight. And with the kids in back, her husband needs to sit there to watch them.
She says if it’s just the two of them, sure, she’ll try to get him a premium cabin seat too. But never for the four of them. And since it’s her work that takes them around the world, she needs to get work done and business class lets her do that.
Plus staying healthy so she can work is really important and she ‘doesn’t want to catch a cold’ — it’s unclear whether her argument is that there are fewer people within a distance that can get you sick when you’re seated up front, or she just thinks coach passengers are diseased unwashed masses.
A 40-year-old Instagram star and TV presenter leaves her husband and kids in economy when she flies first class because she needs “time to focus” and doesn’t want to “catch a cold” from other passengers.
Naomi Isted, a fashion journalist and TV presenter from Essex, UK with nearly 100,000 Instagram followers, told INSIDER that she and her husband Haydn, also 40, travel the world producing “bespoke digital content for global clients.”
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Only one seat is available because “sometimes an airline may invite me to upgrade when they know I’m travelling” but she’s “also paid” and the seat is expensive — though she says “[s]ome airlines I wouldn’t bother upgrading as it’s not worth it.”
Why won’t she ever swap inflight roles with her husband? She says it’s about work (“He can’t write the scripts for me”) but that doesn’t seem to be what’s driving it (“I probably wouldn’t swap anyway”). Instead she says her husband just appreciates how lucky he is to be with her,
He appreciates that these are opportunities I am bringing to the family.
She sure sounds like a peach. What do you think though, should couples split up and should the seat up front go to whomever has more important work?