On a routine holiday flight, the Original Poster (OP) meticulously planned hydration to combat the rapid dehydration experienced on planes. However, the frequent bathroom visits ignited tensions with an aisle-seat passenger, reaching a climax when a flight attendant was summoned to mediate.
Holiday Flight Home
OP boards a plane to fly home for the holidays. It’s a three-hour flight, and knowing about the dehydration factor, OP is prepared. Carrying two large water bottles, OP is determined to stay hydrated throughout the journey.
A Middle Seat Booking
To save money, OP books a middle seat. The aisle and window preferences don’t really matter. What matters is getting home and staying within budget, which to him, is more important than comfort.
The Athlete’s Hydration
Being an athlete of considerable size, OP understands the importance of staying hydrated. The two 40-ounce water bottles are meant to be consumed during the flight. It’s not just a whim but a necessity.
Initial Bathroom Breaks
During the course of the flight, OP needs to use the bathroom multiple times. The first two times pass without much issue. But things begin to change with the aisle-seated passenger as OP tries to move past her on his third trip.
The Irate Aisle Passenger
The woman sitting in the aisle seat becomes increasingly irritated with OP’s bathroom visits. She’s trying to sleep, and every time OP gets up, it’s an inconvenience. The sighs, groans, and eye rolls become more pronounced.
A Polite Request at 4:00 PM
On the third trip, the woman requests OP to refrain from going to the bathroom again. She wants to sleep, even if it’s only 4:00 p.m., without any time change. Yet, OP continues to drink water, undeterred.
Crossing the Line
Upon the fourth bathroom visit, the aisle passenger confronts OP angrily. She feels OP was rude for not adhering to her request to stop drinking water and wait until they land. The tension in the cabin is palpable.
A Defense of Hydration
OP defends the choices, explaining the three potential outcomes: dehydration, wetting oneself, or using the restroom. Choosing the latter seems like the best option in the circumstances. His attitude is abrasive but he feels he is within his rights.
Personal Health Interrogation
The aisle passenger pushes further, questioning if OP has a bladder problem. This invasive query is met with a firm reply from OP that it’s none of her business. He believes health matters are private and not up for public debate.
An Offer to Switch
Hoping to find a solution, OP offers to switch seats. This would mean the woman wouldn’t be disturbed again. However, she declines, escalating the conflict. Feeling trapped, OP suggests involving a flight attendant.
Taking OP’s Side
When the flight attendant gets involved, they side with OP. The right to hydration and the use of the restroom is upheld. A sigh of relief, but the tension lingers. Upon reaching home, the incident is shared with the family.
The Right to Drink Water
A debate ensues. Some family members side with OP, emphasizing the importance and right to drink water. They believe OP did not break flight rules and was within their right to act as they did.
The Etiquette Debate
Other family members believe it was discourteous to consume so much water and potentially disturb other passengers, especially those trying to sleep. OP’s mom says three hours on a plane isn’t going to dehydrate him enough to cause harm.
Dad Weighs In
OP’s dad recommends paying for the aisle seat on the next flight or getting ready to have another angry seatmate. He added that as far as her wanting to sleep, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Some people don’t fly well and need to sleep to help get through the flight.
Brother Has a Say
OP’s brother, always one for collecting facts, mentions that, for context, OP drank 80 ounces of water for a three-hour flight, which is a bit over half a gallon. The National Park Service recommends people visiting Death Valley drink a gallon per day.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts his story online for feedback and perspective from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “Once or twice, sure. But four times in three hours is ridiculous. You should have booked an aisle seat if you planned on drinking an insane amount of water during the short flight.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “Who cares if you’re slightly dehydrated on a three-hour flight? It doesn’t affect your health at all, especially if you rehydrate after you land. And she’s right. Nobody needs to be drinking 80 ounces of water on a flight where all you’re doing is sitting or going to the bathroom.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “Four times in three hours, barring a medical issue, is insane. Most people can go that long without getting up once, and I promise they are not dangerously dehydrated after the flight.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “You don’t get that dehydrated on a flight to have to pee four times in three hours! You shouldn’t even have to go once if you went before boarding.”
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