When taking a long journey by plane many people opt to sit in an aisle seat because it gives you easy access to the lavatory and the ability to stand and walk around. Others sacrifice this for the view from the window.
However, the worst seat is definitely the middle one. You have neither a great view nor access to the rest of the cabin.
But, the aisle seat does come with one downside – constantly having to move for those siting next to you to get out. One woman was so annoyed by a fellow passenger using the loo that she actually refused to move out of his way.
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He posted the bizarre situation on Reddit asking whether he was in the wrong for drinking 80oz – that’s 2.2 litres – of water on the flight. It made him have to use the lavatory four times in three hours.
The bloke said: "Recently I flew home for the holidays. The flight was three hours long. I read that you dehydrate twice as fast on a plane as you do elsewhere, so I packed two 40oz water bottles and planned to drink both of them over the course of the flight (should note I'm a pretty big person and an athlete).
"I booked a middle seat because I’m on a budget and I also don’t particularly care about the aisle/window and I used the bathroom four times over the course of the flight."
He noted that she got "progressively" angrier the more he asked to use the loo. The man added: "When I used the bathroom for the third time, she asked me if I could try to hold it for the remainder of the flight so she could sleep.
"I didn’t take her request too seriously and continued to drink water. When I got up for the fourth time, she told me I was rude for not following her request. I told her it was either that, dehydrate, or wet myself, and going to the bathroom seemed like the best option."
The woman apparently suggested he had a health issue for needing the toilet so many times. He noted: He said: "She then asked me if I had a bladder issue and I said 'No, not that that's your business'. I asked if she wanted to switch seats so I didn't have to climb over her, but she refused.
"She kept pressing me and I suggested that we flag down a flight attendant because I didn't feel comfortable resolving this on my own.
"The flight attendant sided with me, but at home, my family had some disagreements. Some said I did nothing wrong, and that I have the right to drink water and I’m not breaking rules, but others said it was discourteous to drink that much water during a flight and that I should be able to hold it, especially if the person on the aisle is sleeping.
"So I'm wondering if the people of Reddit think I’m the a**hole or not?"
In the comments, most people thought the bloke was absolutely wrong for drinking so much liquid on such a short flight. One person wrote: "I think the most times I have ever needed to let a single person out was about four. And that was a 15-hour flight. The original poster was ridiculous for a three-hour flight and no UTI."
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Another person added: "I have a tiny bladder so I do tend to pee a lot on flights. So I book an aisle seat when I fly because I’m not an a**hole."
Others also noted that he might not be drinking a safe amount of water. A cabin crew member said: "As a flight attendant, it is recommended that you drink a cup (or half bottle) of water per hour of your flight."
"I'm genuinely concerned about the amount of water OP consumed," another wrote. One even warned: "OP, water toxicity is very real and very dangerous. You had a much higher chance of becoming very sick because of water toxicity than dehydrating on a three hour flight."
While flights can make you dehydrated, it can be dangerous to overhydrate. Water intoxication – or hyponatremia – can develop if you drink too much water in a short space of time.
It’s unlikely that two litres of water in three hours would cause the condition but as you only need around that amount in an entire day it’s not necessary to have so much within one flight.
Another commenter said: "Three hours on a plane isn't going to dehydrate you enough to harm you. If you plan on doing this on your next flight, pay for the aisle seat or get ready to have another pissed off seat mate. "
While another noted: "Just for context, OP drank 80 oz of water for a three hour flight, a bit over half a gallon. The National Park Service recommends people visiting Death Valley drink a gallon per day."
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