Battle of the sexes erupts over this unassuming plane photo

Battle of the sexes erupts over this unassuming photo with some praising the woman for calling out the ‘entitled’ male trait and others labelling her ‘Qantas Karen’ – so whose side are you on?

  • Male passenger slammed for using both armrests
  • Photo generates heated debate  
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A complaint about a male plane passenger using the armrests either side of him has kicked off a heated debate about ‘male privilege’ and mid-air etiquette.

Publishing identity Louise Adler posted an image from a plane window seat of the man sitting in the middle of the row with elbows resting on both armrests as he looks at his phone. 

‘Asking for a friend: why do blokes assume they are entitled to two armrests?’ Ms Adler wrote on social media platform X.

Ms Adler’s post attracted a flurry of comments by likeminded female travellers who had observed the same behaviour, but some hit back calling her a ‘Qantas Karen’.

This tweet posted by publishing identity Louise Adler has sparked debate about the man using both armrests

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‘I have paid close attention,’ one person replied. 

Another added: ‘If I sit next to a guy, this almost always happens (plus taking up my leg space), if I travel with my husband and he sits next to another guy it never happens to him.

‘They know how to respect each other’s space, but not women’s.’ 

A third commented: ‘Presumably the same reason as they feel entitled to spread their legs on the train taking up half the next seat’s leg space?’ 

However, many others hit back, calling it a non-issue. 

‘Is your name really Karen?’ one asked. 

Another said with heavy sarcasm: ‘I hope you were offered counseling after this horrific ordeal. Thoughts and prayers.’

A third wrote: ‘Crushing the problems of the world one tweet at a time.’

Some took objection to the accusation it was a specifically male trait. 


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‘I’ve seen women and men use two armrests. Children too. Hope that puts your stereotype to rest,’ one person said.

A number of travellers were of the opinion that the person in the middle seat was entitled to both its armrests. 

‘In the words of (Australian comedian) Jim Jeffries: Window gets an armrest and a wall, middle gets two armrests, aisle gets an armrest and a little extra leg. 

‘We’re not f***ing animals. We live in a society.’ 

One person believed armrests were up for grabs.

‘What’s the etiquette?’ the wrote.

Louise Aldler received some support for her complaint but many other disputed it was a male trait or an inappropriate act

‘I think its first in best dressed. So either he shoved your arm off it or he beat you to it. Simple as that! 

‘Oh wait you think he should offer it to you because your a woman?’ 

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