Man Pretends He 'Doesn't Know' Fiancée After Meltdown on Plane

Gillian Sisley

Is there ever a good reason to pretend you don’t know your significant other in public?

Now that things have opened up since the pandemic has eased down, traveling is back in full swing.

With that said, not everyone is traveling stress-free, and since the pandemic, flight crew have especially reported higher instances of aggression and mistreatment from passengers.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a man pretends not to know his fiancee in public after she has an embarrassing meltdown onboard an airplane, and gets kicked off as a result.

Is there ever a good reason to pretend you don’t know your significant other in public?

A Reddit post published on November 24th, reported on by Leonie Helm from Newsweek, has gone viral with 16,500 upvotes and 2,400 comments.

The author begins his post by explaining that he and his fiancee were recently on their way back from a vacation. Everything seemed to have gone well, up until they were boarding the plane.

He adds that while he brought a backpack with him that fit within the carry-on sizes of the airline's requirements, his fiancee wouldn't listen to him and instead brought a full-size suitcase that didn't qualify to board.

He clarifies that he was able to check through without a problem, however, when he was heading towards the plane he could hear through the tunnel that his fiancee was being held back. The argument got heated very quickly, but rather than trying to smooth things out with the airline worker, the author's fiancee rushed past the staff member and boarded the plane regardless.

What is a valid reason for a person to get kicked off a flight?

The author adds that he didn't realize that his fiancee hadn't been allowed through, and so when they settled in their seats he didn't think there was any issue. He was tired, so he tucked into his window seat and put his hat down, attempting to take a nap. However, not long after an airline worker and cop showed up at their seats and told his fiance that she had to ‘get off the plane’. She cried and pleaded, but they wouldn't give in.

In what the author calls a ‘moment of panic’, the cop asked if he was traveling with his fiancee, he blurted out ‘no’ and shook his head. His fiancee ‘glared daggers at him’, grabbed her bag, and got off the plane. Once his fiancee was finally able to get home, he picked her up at the airport, but she wasn't happy with him. She called him a jerk for pretending that he didn't know her, and forcing her to get off the plane by herself.

What do you think? Was the author entirely within his right to pretend that he didn't know his fiancee after she behaved so poorly with the airline employee that she got kicked off the plane? Or should he have stood by her and gotten off the plane as well, even though her behavior was unacceptable?

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