Woman Gets Called A “Jerk” For Ignoring A Man With Autism On A Plane

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Traveling is a thrilling experience, but it can quickly turn stressful if you don’t feel safe or have things go wrong. And to make matters worse, navigating social situations can be especially tricky when you’re not feeling 100% mentally. This is what happened to one 19-year-old woman who was flying alone and hooking up with the 12th row of her plane when she started getting irritated by the guy next to her.

He was in his 20s, autistic, and clearly fascinated with making conversation. While the author sympathized with him, she quickly became drained by his excessive talking. So much so that she eventually ignored him completely and this led to a conflict that tested her limits. The Redditor who wrote the story, GroupProjectsAre, asked people on ‘Am I the [Jerk]?’ whether or not she handled the situation properly.

She told them: “I was exhausted because I only got four hours of sleep before the flight so I could sleep on the plane, but this guy (we’ll call him C) keeps trying to make conversation. C starts off by telling me he’s autistic, and then asking me if I like K-pop and he keeps nonstop talking and rarely gives me a chance to speak, not that I wanted to.”

Read on for the whole story below, which might make you reconsider how you interact with strangers on airplanes.

A woman faces backlash after snubbing an autistic man on an airplane - is she in the wrong?

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19F brushed off an autistic 20-something on a 11-hour flight, only to get called a "jerk" 😳

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A woman ignored a man with autism on a flight but he kept on talking

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A woman got called a "jerk" for politely declining a conversation with a man with autism on an airplane.

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The woman ignores the man with autism some more and that's when he gets irritated and starts to yell🤦‍♀️

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The woman got 'called out' for ignoring a man with autism on a plane 🤔 📢 🪔

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AITA for ignoring 🤔 an Autistic man on my flight? 🤔

A 19-year-old woman was exhausted from only getting four hours of sleep before her 11-hour flight. When she met an Autistic man in her row, he started a conversation that she tried to politely end five separate times, but he didn't understand.

Finally, she snapped, and he spiraled into a self-hating rant. Feeling bad afterward, she ignored him, which led to him yelling and ultimately her being moved away.

Did she go too far, or was her behavior justified? Let's discuss and find out.

NTA: The creepy guy 😠

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No❌ NTA👊: OP 👩🏻 did nothing wrong🙅🏻‍♀️

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NTA ✋🏼👎🏼: Not an Excuse!

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Woman NTA for setting 👋🏽 boundaries with a man who suspected to have autism 🧠

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NTA:👩‍💼 No a**hole here!

Delicious_Wish8712 | Delicious_Wish8712

NTA, 🤷‍♀️ understanding cause and effect

bluelion70 | bluelion70

Woman 🔥by🔥man w/ 🦞 🤯 NTA 🚨

tiannatorres | tiannatorres

Toxic Nice Guy?

tatersprout | tatersprout

NTA 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♀️

palidez | palidez

OP politely says no⛔️ but gets ignored

Jahjahsgirl0808 | Jahjahsgirl0808

🙈 NTA: No reason to Harass and Shame

OrcEight | OrcEight

Person with autism:🤔 #NoExcuse 🔑

389idha10 | 389idha10

🤦‍♂️ NTA: Mom with autism teaches her son a lesson

goboinouterspace | goboinouterspace

NTA - You don't owe 🤷‍♀️

clariwench | clariwench

NTA: Autistic woman ✔️ Respect boundaries ❌

sad_codfish | sad_codfish

NTA: 🤷‍♀️ Don't feel guilty!

MissTheWire | MissTheWire

NTA: Respect boundaries ❗️

Jumpy_Palpitation185 | Jumpy_Palpitation185

NTA👎 Woman stands up to man's bad behavior!

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Woman learns hard lesson 🤦

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NTA: Boundary setting is key 📝

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Woman not ☝️ to entertain man with autism 🤦‍♀️

Whysocomplicat3d | Whysocomplicat3d

NTA: Ignoring someone with autism is not wrong

DwightMcRamathorn | DwightMcRamathorn

🙏Special people making a difference for those with disabilities! 🤗

allegedgeniusofjoe | allegedgeniusofjoe

Person with autism speaks out 🗣

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Entitled “Nice Guy™” called out 💯

BorderlineBadBrain | BorderlineBadBrain

👏🏼 Woman stands firm against man with autism 🛫

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NTA: Attendants did the right thing 😅

Foundation_Wrong | Foundation_Wrong

You did nothing wrong💯

Boeing367-80 | Boeing367-80

Patiently setting boundaries ✋

AggravatingBread6 | AggravatingBread6

NTA 🙅🏻‍♀️ A man with autism begs for attention on a plane!

Badger-of-Horrors | Badger-of-Horrors

NTA: Respect boundaries 💯

Mean_Macaroni59 | Mean_Macaroni59

🗣 You're allowed to set boundaries 🔥

ADHDLifer | ADHDLifer

Introvert power! 💪

DarkBlueDovah | DarkBlueDovah

NTA for defending her 👍

Various-Bridge-325 | Various-Bridge-325

Disagreeing politely 🤔

Special-Drawer-4046 | Special-Drawer-4046

Setting boundaries ✋🏼

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Autistic activist speaks out 🗣

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Woman faces ✋️harassment on a plane🛫

88just_wondering | 88just_wondering

NTA - She asked politely 🙏

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NTA, but making social cues clear 🤔

viginti_tres | viginti_tres

🤷‍♀️ Woman ignores stranger with autism on a plane, NTA?

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NTA: Autism is not an excuse for this man's entitled behavior.


👍🏼 Women supporting women!

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NTA: you don't *have to* do anything!

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NTA 💯 Woman is right!

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NTA: Autism isn't an excuse for rudeness

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👍 Supporting passenger 🛫

LadyNemesiss | LadyNemesiss

🛩️ Woman faces a difficult situation on a plane

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Empathizing with disability 🤝

Elevator_Latter | Elevator_Latter

No a-hole here 👍

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A woman stands her ground 💪

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Autistic person's 👍 for👉 NTA! 💭

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Calling out an incel 🤬

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No one is entitled to your time. 🔥

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Autistic man shares experience 🧩

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🙅🏽‍♀️ Politely ignoring a man with 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 autism?

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NTA⚖️🤔 A wise thought!

Terra88draco | Terra88draco

No a-hole here 👏

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👏 NTA - You Don't Owe Conversation!

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🤔 What do you think? NTA

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Woman stands up for herself 💪

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Advice for asking for quiet 🤫

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🚫❌ NTA: 🔊 🗣️ ‘Autistic' man was a 👎🏼 👺 creep!

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