Man stands on plane for six hours to let wife sleep but sparks ‘selfish’ debate

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A man who selflessly surrendered his seat on a flight so his wife could lie down and sleep for six hours has been praised on Twitter for his act of kindness – while the wife has sparked something of a backlash.

The mile high offering was captured on camera and shared online – quickly garnering praise and amazement from social media users.

A Twitter user named Courtney Lee Johnson uploaded the snap to Twitter – which provoked a strong online response, racking up over 15,000 likes and thousands of comments.

The image showed a rather elderly looking, grey-haired man standing in the aisle of an aircraft while his wife lay across the seats.

Uploading the snap to Twitter, Courtney commented: “This guy stood up the whole 6 hours so his wife could sleep. Now THAT is love.”

The act of chivalry didn’t go unnoticed by fellow Twitter users – but opinions seemed split.

One responded to the image writing: “That is the ultimate love, but with a little travel experience…you know to just lay in his lap and then he can lay his head on your hips. There’s a formula lol.”

Another wrote: “She couldn't just lie across HIM?! I won't judge their marriage. My hubs is the kind of man who would do this for me, but I am not the kind of wife to ask this of him!”

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While a less charitable Twitter user branded the wife “selfish”.

Others suggested the husband needed to be rescued from the marriage.

One Twitter user commented: “The wife sprawled herself on THREE seats and forced her husband to stand for 6 hours. Looking at her like 'this is what I signed up for…!?”

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While another declared: “That ain't love! Man needs rescuing.”

However, another questioned the authenticity of the post, commenting that cabin crew would likely not permit the man to block the aisle for the duration of a flight.

The unconvinced Twitter user remarked: “The flight attendants wouldn’t even allow this.”

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