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Got A Seat, But You Do Not Want To Go  
User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

I want to know if there are any people here @ Anet, that were given a seat and you refused to board because it was either not the class you want, not a window, not bulkhead, not aisle or that passenger beside you.

This is a story from my grandpa.

He was an ex-pilot on the L1011, well he was traveling YUL-LHR.Air Canada had the 747-200 or -100 I forget and they turned the bubble into Y. Well when they were given the seats on the bubble and it was one of those seats where the bubble came right beside you and you had to move your head away from the window because your head would hit it. Since it was a night flight and BA had another my grandpa decided to get off and catch the other flight so as not to be cramped for 7 hours. When he was leaving the F/A came by and asked him why he was leaving he told him the reason and then he upgraded them and did not make anyone seat in that seat for that flight.
So it doesn't fit the topic exactly.


Do you have any stories to tell like this?

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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

Not exactly, but my Dad was on an America Worst...errr.. West flight from PHX-LAS, which was an almost full flight. After the pax boarded, and they were about to close the doors, the crew made everyone de-plane because they had a special passanger who wanted to come on to an empty plane. Who was the idiotic moron who thought he was better then everyone else? Mike Tyson. ehh.. The airline was sooooooo in the wrong..

Chris



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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

Personally, I will fly from point a to point b just because I am flying on an aircraft. I really hope people on this forum are not this snobbish. The story from your grandpa is a different story...if you will be uncomfortable or you just dont fit in the seat well see if you can get a different seat. There should be no one that deplanes because it was not the class that they wanted or the seat that they wanted.

XJR



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17054 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

Airlinelover: No kidding. Losing one customer seems like no biggie compared to the delay.


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User currently offlineYhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Airlinelover:
May be the crew that made you get off the aircraft preferred to keep their ears attached!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 3177 times:


What I usually due if I get assigned a seat I don't like is wait until everyone has boarded and then when I board I choose any seat I want from those left. I know it won't always work but it worked everytime for me and I end up with a window seat or when I am lucky an entire row (even on a full flight). Airlines locate passengers to distribute the weight evenly around the aircraft so you might find empty 'patches' which have not be assigned to anyone. I remember this happening to me on a flight from Nice to LHR with BMI. The A321 was around 50% full, and for some reason, the first half of economy was packed and the back was empty. I was travelling with 2 friends and we were each able to get a row to ourselves and the cabin crew didn't mind.



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User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

So no one has ever got a seat and decided no I am not going to board.

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Most people who travel want to do one of a few things:

1) Get home
2) Catch a connecting flight
3) Make a meeting
4) See a loved one
5) Not pay a $100 change fee on international flights.

Most people don't really care that much about the seat they are in, espessialy on shorter flights. Anyone who would deplane for a better seat has way too much time on theit hands.


User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

THis thread would mostly be for non-rev, biz man who may would rather wait in the lounge than in a hotel room or the super rich.

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

THis thread would mostly be for non-rev, biz man who may would rather wait in the lounge than in a hotel room or the super rich.

The non-rever usually just wants to get where they are going and will take a jumpseat if they have to.

The super rich either have their own plane or fly up front and select a seat well in advance. Usually if they are that rich then they have no time on theit hands to play musical chairs.

The biz traveler either has to get to a meeting ot wants to get home. Airport lounges in the US suck and they are not comfortable. People who never fly think lounes are a luxury, but when you fly very often it just makes flying a little more bearable. Either way I doubt the guy's company would like him playing games like that.


User currently offlineVC745D From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Airport lounges in the US suck and they are not comfortable. People who never fly think lounge are a luxury, but when you fly very often it just makes flying a little more bearable.

I don't know what lounges you've used, but even business-class lounges such as AA's Admirals Club are luxurious compared to the gate area of any airport I've ever seen.


User currently offlineDeltaAgent1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

As a gate agent, I have had passengers refuse to get on with the seat they are assigned. If it is the only seat left, and they do not want it, I will inquire with other passengers about re-assignment, in an effort to accomodate this person. I have never really had to delay a flight, or had a crew to deplane an aircraft at the gate for reasons posted earlier in this thread.
At the request of one passenger, I reaccomodated him on another flight
because he said another person on the flight had made racial remarks to him, but I asked him what his preference was prior to doing this, and he said he would be more comfortabale on another aircraft. So, rather than have some sort of confrontation in my gate area, I decided this was in everyones best interests as it was what made him most comfortable.


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