Husband's touching gesture on a plane sparks Twitter debate
A man’s so-called romantic gesture on a plane has ignited a debate on social media.
Last week, Courtney Lee Johnson, an entrepreneur, shared a picture on Twitter of a man standing up during a flight so his wife could lie across three seats.
The image indeed shows a man looking on while his wife reclines, in an apparently resting state, across the three chairs in the middle of the plane.
“This guy stood up the whole six hours so his wife could sleep. Now that is love,” Johnson captioned the image.
This guy stood up the whole 6 hours so his wife could sleep. Now THAT is love. pic.twitter.com/Vk9clS9cCj
— Courtney Lee Johnson (@courtneylj_) September 6, 2019
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The post has proved popular on Twitter, with 16,000 likes at time of writing – and some seemed to agree with the romantic nature of the scene.
Now that’s love!!
— Stephen Perkins (@perkinspage1) September 6, 2019
However, many others took issue with the portrayal of romance, calling the wife selfish.
That not love. That's selfishness on the woman's part. Can't she just place her head on his shoulders and sleep. Love doesn't work like that lol
— Jessica ♔ (@Jessicalavril_e) September 6, 2019
Uhh.. that’s a selfish wife
— Mactigerd (@Mactigerd) September 8, 2019
Not love but exploitation. She could have just rested her head on his lap. Very inconsiderate.
— Ujinga Kenya! (@NasaRevolution) September 6, 2019
Of course, it’s not clear what the full story was – and others suggested the man’s wife might be in poor health.
It could that his wife was flying to or from treatment. If it was my wife, I would definately do it.
— James Shavor (@993Pilot) September 9, 2019
😂😭 She may be ill though
— Tegwes (@Hadassahgbd) September 6, 2019
Others expressed their doubt that a flight attendant would have allowed a passenger to stand for six hours.
That's bull. The flight attendants won't even let that happen. You Haven to be strapped in at some point pic.twitter.com/SRtf48QAbg
— Tamilöre Adeshiyan (@TDeshiy) September 6, 2019
Lie. They don’t let you stand in the aisle for 5 minutes, let alone 6 hours. Come on man
— Fat Mike Lowery (@DatdudeDP15) September 6, 2019
Flight policies usually dictate that passengers are allowed to stand and move around the cabin when the seatbelt signs are switched off – but generally passengers stay in their seats.
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Earlier this year, a picture of a plane passenger using his toes to browse the inflight TV caused controversy.
My friend who doesn’t have twitter sent this from her flight. It belongs on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/qG6d54V5Dd
— Alafair Burke (@alafairburke) July 15, 2019
Instead of using their hands to navigate the inflight television (or the remote for that matter), an anonymous flyer was filmed using his bare feet to swipe through the film options.
A fellow passenger filmed the unusual method and sent it to their friend, Alafair Burke, who posted the clip on Twitter alongside the caption: “My friend who doesn’t have twitter sent this from her flight. It belongs on Twitter.”