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Big Deal With Sitting Together  
User currently offlineacws777 From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

Simple and straight forward what is the big deal with sitting with each other on a flight. We have shuttle service between YLW-YVR and YLW-YYC. People get angry when they check-in and are not seated together. It's only an hour flight!!!

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User currently offlineBoston From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Because many people enjoy traveling with their companion especially being on the airplane together. Instead of having some weird creepy person trying to constantly talk to you, it's nice to have someone you know to sit next to instead. However, if they book on separate tickets and don't choose their own seats and are seated away from each other, then they really have nothing to complain about. If people want to travel next to their companion, then they need to be smart about their planning or just deal with it.

User currently offlineklm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2471 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

also, if the plane goes down, you'll be with your loved one. ((Rolls eyes)).

User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3662 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Quoting klm672 (Reply 2):
also, if the plane goes down, you'll be with your loved one. ((Rolls eyes))

Why the eye roll? I don't get it



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2808 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3024 times:
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I can't speak for other people but I feel much more comfortable sitting next to a friend or family member. It is always awkward when it comes to the armrest and you try to give the other person their personal space. If I'm sitting next to my brother for example I'm not as cautious and feel much more relaxed. Plus you avoid those awkward conversations. I'm an introvert so being left to do my own thing is great. My friends and family know this and generally leave me be.
Pat



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User currently offlineacws777 From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Quoting sia747megatop (Reply 4):

yeah, but if you want to sit togetther you go early or save their seat. You can't do than on an airplane I always say check in early to sit together or pay for your seat. It is not fair for me to move some already with assigned seat so you can sit together.

Quoting Boston (Reply 1):

valid point


User currently offlinersrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

In my opinion, the only people who have the right to be disappointed about sitting separately, are those who were booked in a single reservation, and still got separate seats.

All others, need to take steps such as checking in very early, as suggested by the OP.

If they did not do the above, got separate seats and ended up "angry" that implies that
(i) either they are unreasonable (which cannot be helped)
(ii) or, they were not addressed politely by airline staff (which can be helped to a reasonable extent). During a recent flight, an older gentleman asked an FA for water, after the doors were closed, while they were doing their final checks. The FA declined, saying they will bring water after take off.... but did so without even making eye contact with the gentleman, and kept walking away. In my view, he could have paused, and declined with a simple smile. Going by that logic, if the passengers felt that their request to sit together was declined in a not-so-pleasant manner, they could feel bad.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2706 times:

Quoting acws777 (Thread starter):
Simple and straight forward what is the big deal with sitting with each other on a flight. We have shuttle service between YLW-YVR and YLW-YYC. People get angry when they check-in and are not seated together. It's only an hour flight!!!

If you're flying with someone, then one wants to sit with them.

Better to spend an hour with an acquaintance chatting about this and that over a stranger, no?



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11672 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

First thing to remember, not everybody is comfortable with screaming through the air at 500mph in a pressurised can. It still freaks out a lot of people, mostly females in my experience, and having the reassuring hand of a partner/friend beside them can be the difference between a very nervous or bearable trip.

Then there's the ability to share personal space more intimately if you know the person - or more productively if you are working on a project together and have things to progress on.


Dan  



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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

Quoting acws777 (Thread starter):
Simple and straight forward what is the big deal with sitting with each other on a flight.

Because who wants to join the mile-high-club with a stranger!!!!   


User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8145 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

I have been reading a lot of trip reports on http://www.airlinequality.com better known as Skytrax. Of course most people just use it as a chance to sound off about some perceived failure on the part of the airline; half of all reviews end with "I will never fly this airline again!". Some are legitimate complaints (especially in United's case - a damning list of cancelled flights, sleeps on airport floors and genuinely rude staff) but mostly are just ridiculous. One person posted a review of Air Canada SFO-YYZ just days before I flew it, and I enjoyed excellent legroom (for Y), big personal screen with dozens of movies on demand (on an A320!) and decent catering available for purchase, and free non-alcholic drinks. Well, this person was not a happy camper, finding fault with everything, and he or she will (all together now) never fly this airline again! OK, well good luck with United then!

But of all the spurious complaints, the one I find the most hilarious is, they couldn't seat us together. Of course there are two exceptions, travelling with your children or on honeymoon. Other than that, for ****'s actual sake, you are going to be backpacking with this person for the next six weeks, you've been married for ten years already, you're going to be in a smelly tourbus for the next month, what's wrong with your own company, a book, a sleep, a podcast etc for an hour's flight. Or maybe seven hours - even better!

Some people on here have suggested that they don't want to talk to a stranger. Why would you do that? Or they might want to talk to you. Honestly, gold in more than one alliance and I've never had a seat mate utter a word in my direction. I suppose if you're with your spouse and you still like each other, for sure sit together, it's quite a giggle to start the movie at the same time and pull faces and roll your eyes at the funny scenes or have a cuddle. But come on, if it's not possible to sit together, it's such a non-issue, "See you in [destination]!" and go to your own seat. Actually it can be quite fun to go and pay a visit halfway through the flight.

Anyway - I'm mystified. It seems like a very fetishy thing, to have to sit with someone you know. Perhaps I should be happy, maybe it suggests people are still somewhat awed by flight, not just bored by it. Or maybe it's just the premeditated resentment some people seem to nurse, so as to convert into emotional satisfaction at the slightest perceived slight. Oooh! Grrrr! Air Canada! ****! But Air Canada doesn't care. Check in earlier next time if you really can't be alone, and sit down and enjoy the flight. And your own company for once.



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User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Quoting klm672 (Reply 2):
also, if the plane goes down, you'll be with your loved one. ((Rolls eyes)).

This seems a little insensitive of you. People enjoy travelling together and why are there people, who are lonely and single, who must make others miserable as well?



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2845 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Ask any family with young children who board last on an FR flight, what's the big deal...


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