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What Have You Done To Get A Window Seat?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5020 times:

What have you done to try to secure a window seat?

I was assigned the seat next the window seat on a UL flight from LHR to CMB via MLE - two legs of a total of 14 hours (including the time in MLE). Because of the fullness of the aircraft and that I boarded early, I intentionally sat in the window seat hoping that the real passenger who had been assigned that seat would not mind and sit in my assigned seat. I even thought about pretending that I was ill and needed to be able to look out properly - just to get the seat. But I did not get it. The man wanted it so I obviously let him have it (the seat, not a punch  Laugh out loud ). I later found out that he was a doctor. Thank God I didn't say my illness excuse.  Wink/being sarcastic But the funny and weird thing was he barely looked out of the window for the entire 14 hours - and he put the slide down for a long period! What was the point of having the window seat if you're not going to look out? LOL.

If my train and bus had arrived at LHR when it was meant to and not late, I would have got a window seat. Ah well. It's funny, really.

[Edited 2004-01-27 11:56:18]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4859 times:

On a LH flight from LYS to FRA, I got assigned an aisle seat, while nobody was on the middle seat, but the window seat was taken.

About 15 minutes before landing, I asked the guy if he minded me taking some pictures out of the window. He didn't, so here am I on the middle seat, with both my arms in front of his face, snapping a lot of wing shots...

less than 5 minutes later he got so uncomfortable that he offered me the window seat instead !!!!

707


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4692 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4827 times:

I usually reserve my seat upon booking (if possible), do a phone- or internet check-in at the earliest possible time (if this service is available) or arrive at the airport soon enough to get the seat I want.

This has worked all the time so far. I wouldn't intentionally take the wrong seat and hope for some other passenger's understanding. After all, it is his/ her right to get the seat he/ she has reserved.
I've come across some people trying to pull that trick on me and wasn't thrilled - they didn't keep their mooched seat either. Big grin


.



Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

"arrive at the airport soon enough to get the seat I want."

Yep! For a long-haul flight, I'd probably be at the airport 5 hours before departure or more. I planned 4 or something for my trip with UL, but annoyingly my bus and train were late, which meant i arrived 1.5 hours later. :| Ah well. No problemo.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4719 times:

I suspect that if you ask specifically for the centre seat in a block of three, the computer system will keep the two seats either side of you empty  Big grin

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4714 times:

When LH or SQ feel like free upgrading me to business, I usually I get a window seat.  Insane

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineTokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

On one occasion I phoned the airline before my return flight (longhaul, CPT to AMS) to try and secure a window seat. I was told this was not possible but I should turn up three hours before the flight to check in to get a window seat. I arrived three hours before, only to be told all window seats were already booked! To cap it all, during takeoff the person sitting at the window next to me read the newspaper (!!!), also blocking the little view I might have been able to have. Over the Sahara and over the Alps this person had the blind closed and was sleeping. Pe@rson, reading your experience, I'm amazed you don't get worked up about it -- good for your blood pressure.  Smile


Did the chicken or the egg get laid first?
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4644 times:

lol. Nah, no point getting worked up with it: wouldn't solve anything. I just laugh about it now.  Wink/being sarcastic


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBRUspotter From Belgium, joined Jan 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

I hate people who sit at the window and don't look out. They sit there reading or sleeping or close the shades. By the way I always ask for my seat by number at check-in if I know the aircraft configuration.(ie;I'd like to sit in 15A if its free please). This always seems to work for me as I'm always really early for my flights, just to get the seat I want.


I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3943 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4600 times:

I always get a window seat, because so far I've always flown with 4 people or more, at least 1 of the people I travel with will get a window seat.
And I've always managed to swap seats with that person so I get my window seat.

This year i'm going to fly only with my brother, so I hope I will get a window seat again.


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

Either check in early, or on one of my LH flights (long-haul) I had the option of preselecting the seats.
Or you can always ask the F/As if there is a possibility to switch seats.



How much A is there is Airliners Net ? 0 or nothing ?
User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4506 times:

I dislike sitting in the window seat because I do not like people leaning over me to look out the window, so when I am stuck with this seat, I just close the shade.

User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

I dislike sitting in the window seat because I do not like people leaning over me to look out the window, so when I am stuck with this seat, I just close the shade.

Why don't you rather offer to swap the seat ?
Closing the shade is quite rude.

707


User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

Why don't you rather offer to swap the seat ?
Closing the shade is quite rude.


I will only swap seats if nobody occupies my seat, otherwise I like my person to be in the seat match with my name. Simple as that.

I will not take a middle seat, despite if the person there wants to look out the window. Closing the window shade is not rude. It's my option as the person who sits at the window seat... which is thankfully rare as I much much prefer an exit row aisle seat (but will take an exit row window, dependant on the aircraft type, if it is available over another row's aisle) and I am usually in that seat unless I upgrade.


User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

I try to check-in early enough so I can get a window seat. The reason for liking the window seats is that when I feel tired and I want to nap, I like to lean against the wall, or lean my head against that groove. When I had an aisle seat once, I leaned against someone, so that was embarrassing. And of course, I do it for the view.


Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion.
User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

When I fly other carriers I always have my seat reserved well in advance so I dont have to bother with it, with ATA they all know me and do whatever it takes to get me one.


Treat others as you expect to be treated!
User currently offlineBobb From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4232 times:

Sick doesn't work! if you are sick, you should be sitting in an isle seat! Come on guy!

If you are shamelessly enough, try the "Sir, I got married on (the spot you are flying over), and I've been recalled by my army (look sad). I would really really appreciate it if I can look at this very special spot (voice trailing off)...."

(remember don't go Yeepeee)

[G]


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

if its a charter flight i always reserve a window seat only costs about £7-8, but if it is not a charter i always check in early and get on the aircraft first, always got a window seat tho  Big grin


User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4137 times:

"Why don't you rather offer to swap the seat ?
Closing the shade is quite rude."

Erm...most people close the window shade to not let the light in when they want to sleep. Why is it rude? You paid for the seat, you get the privilege of deciding what to do with the window(shade)...

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

I actually prefer the aisle seat so it's a non issue for me. I'd rather have the flexibility to get up when I want, move about, etc.

Which leads me to ask my fellow forum users: Aisle, Window or (gasp!) Middle seat?


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

Back in the early 80's I was flying home for Xmas and I phoned the airline and reserved a window seat. When I got on the aircraft I found my row and my window seat occupied by the pop group "Boney M". The guy asked if he could keep the seat but me being so proud of securing the seat asked him to move.

No hard feelings, we had a chat, a beer and laughed all the way home.

I'll never ask a celeb to move ever again!





User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

I usually do not have problems as I pre-book my seats, but I have on the occasion asked to switch. They have always been very willing and it also usually struck up a nice conversation.

But the funny and weird thing was he barely looked out of the window for the entire 14 hours - and he put the slide down for a long period! What was the point of having the window seat if you're not going to look out? LOL.
The worse - and I mean the worse - are those that sleep. When dealing with certain family members, I just want to move them to another seat...or better yeat, bring a piece of wood (TSA cleared, that is  Laugh out loud) on board for them.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy
-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 932 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3998 times:

It is interesting when I consider this... before I was about 18 years old, I always had to have a window seat, and since then I always request an aisle seat. I really can't think what made my preference change. I'll have to sit in a window seat next flight just to break the trend. I have never requested or desired a middle seat at anytime.

What to do to get the seat you want? Just ask when you make your reservation, or be there early if there's no assigned seating.



LD4



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3950 times:

I am in this situation right now!! I booked an AA Flight MWA-STL-DFW-MCO. I have a window seat/wing for MWA-STL-DFW, but my most fav flight the 757 whihc iv never flown DFW-MCO i have a middle seat ugh....My first flight on the 757 and I dont want it to be "ruined" by a middle seat. I prefer the winodw..so I have been calling the airline 2 or three times a DAY to see if ANY window seat is open...but no avail.. Sad they always suggest checking again at the gate. I am probably lucky to even HAVE a seat on that flight as its was pretty booked solid at the time of booking, and I was so mad I didn't have a window seat for my first 757 flight.. Sad well if ya'll got any suggestions let me know!!!

Alex.



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3927 times:

Flown WN and arrived early, after all being in the first 40 guarantees a window is available.

25 FlyingNanook : I always request a window seat because I am somewhat claustrophobic in that when I am sitting in an enclosed space (airplane, train, car, etc.) and a
26 744 : How come BA never pre-assigns seats????????? Whenever I flew with them (3times), I had to fight for my window seat even if it was pre-assigned(by bugg
27 LHSebi : I have flown with BA plenty of times...and I haven't had problems with their seat assignment. Before you start bashing them, think consider that flyin
28 JGPH1A : First of all, BA don't do seat assignments unless you pay full fare (or close to it) or are a high-tier (ie. above Blue) Frequent Flyer. They make exc
29 Bromma1968 : I try to be first in line for the door to the gate and take long steps on my way to the plane. Anders
30 Cytz_pilot : I'm a bit like a drug addict...I have to have my window fix. However, nowadays I can be swayed. Flying from Heathrow to Toronto with my girlfriend, I
31 Post contains images ManchesterMAN : On a recent CO flight EWR-MAN I didn't have to do anything to GET a window seat but I had to work pretty hard to keep it. I had booked my flights well
32 Post contains images Espion007 : I stopped, stunned. I looked at my girlfriend, a complex mix of emotions twisting my mind into a pretzel. Never before had I been asked to make such a
33 Wally : Had the travel agent check the “window seat” on my personal profile. Carlson does a great job!
34 An-225 : On my last flight from LAX to DEN I gave up first class just to have a window seat. By the way, my N213UA did not have PTVs in coach. Alex.
35 Tom in NO : I usually just reserve one, ask for one, or, if I'm on WN, I'll look for one. Tom at MSY
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