Flight Time : By Naveen Jain
Last year in December, my family and I went to Los Cabos, Mexico for vacation. We chose to go there because it was a short 3 hours flight from San Jose, where we live. We were not sure if Paras, my autistic 11 year old son, could handle long flights. pharmacy Recently, he had become more anxious and had had a hard time sitting still, let alone in flights.
We booked online the flight and requested to have three seats in one row and one seat in the row just ahead of us. Therefore, if Paras kicked the seat, he would not trouble anyone else. When I explained to the representative online viagra about Paras and his autism, she understood our concern and gave us our preferred seats. To our liking, the outgoing trip was mostly uneventful.
However, when heading back from our stay, we went to the booking counter and they informed us that they had changed the seats so that all four members of my family were in the same row. Maybe some kind hearted United Airlines Representative thought,” Why to split the family across multiple rows?” In addition, the flight was full and no seating change could be made. My wife and I were anxious, thinking of the horrendous possibilities for this upcoming tough flight.
Once we boarded the plane, I thought to ask the passenger in front of us if he would be willing to exchange his seat with the aisle seat that we had. I explained him the situation: my son might have trouble sitting for a long time and may inadvertently kick his seat; therefore, was it possible to exchange his seat with ours? He looked me up and down, gasped, and then said “No.” In the same breath, the man said that he would be upset if his seat was kicked. I did not know what to do. Fortunately, there was this couple sitting next to him and the lady, sensing my anxiety, spoke out “Don’t worry. He can sit behind me. I won’t mind if he kicks. I understand autism and I know the challenges.”
It was a huge relief to us. Luckily, Paras was fine the entire trip and we were able to manage him in his seat for all 3 hours.
I am not hurt by the man who refused to exchange seats with me because I know that before we were blessed with Paras, I would have behaved like him if I was in a similar situation. After my younger son came into my life, before I react, I try to understand the situation because the person who may be kicking my seat might be Paras.