Thousands of users on TikTok are praising Seattle-based user @not.cristinayang for splitting up an awkward conversation between two passengers during a journey home.
Earlier this month, the creator uploaded a video to TikTok revealing how she previously assisted the woman seated next to her in premium economy class to keep her seat when another passenger requested a seat swap. In the video, she described how a “soft-spoken” Asian woman named “Connie” was sitting in the middle of the row between herself and another passenger when a fourth passenger asked a question.
According to the video, the fourth passenger, who desired to remain anonymous, requested that Connie move them from row eight to a seat in row 26 so they could sit alongside their friend. The TikToker noted that the woman would no longer be in premium economy, where she said they received limitless snacks and beverages, if she were to sit in row 26.
She protested, but the anonymous woman who wanted to trade seats emphasised that it would be a window seat with more space than Connie’s centre seat. The TikToker, however, claimed that she continued to stand up for the senior citizen. She finally resorted to acting as though they were travelling together when the other passenger persisted.
“Both of us are Asian. Of course, we are familiar “She spoke. When the little Asian woman turned to face me, I said, “Sit down, Connie!” According to the footage, the woman’s conviction allowed her to keep her seat while the other passenger was compelled to return to row 26 for the remainder of the four- to five-hour journey.
Over three million people have seen the video and over 11,000 people have commented on it, largely praising the creator for intervening to defend the woman. One user said “May your coffee always be hot, your drives always have green lights, and the parking places in the lot always be close.” Other comments noted the unwritten standards of aeroplane etiquette that passengers should adhere to.