On a recent CO
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 in advance and reserved my specific window seat, checked it was a good one etc. etc. As I was on a connecting flight from DCA
I actually checked in 6 hours before the flight so no problem there either. When I boarded there was a youngish lady in the next seat. She was stood up and I took my seat 42A. She then explained to me that her religion forbade her from sitting next to a man and asked if I would mind swapping with her friend in the centre section. I explained that I wanted to keep my window seat and didn't want to move into an isle seat. She then attracted the attention of the FA
who asked me if I would mind swapping. I explained to her that I specifically requested this seat and always have a window etc etc. She then went away then came back a few minutes later, sat next to me put her hand on my shoulder and asked again and offered me free alcaholic drinks during the flight. I told her I don't drink (which is a lie) and said I'd rather stay put. So she went away had a discussion with her colleague and then the chief FA
came along and asked if I would mind moving!! So I said that I would only move if I could move to another window seat. The plane was totally full but I thought it wouldn't be too dificult to find a woman to swap with but no joy (although they didn't seem to be looking too hard). At this point I had my mind on an upgrade (but only if I could get a window of course!) but this never happened. In the end she sat next to me for the whole flight and didn't seem to have a problem but I spent the whole flight feeling like a villan. I respect other peoples religion but for me there is nothing better than watching the sun rise over the atlantic at 35,000ft
Another (shorter story) ...
On a forthcoming trip with AA
I went to book and just thought I'd use their available seat feature before booking just in case there were no window seats. As it was early jan for a mid-march flight I was amazed to find all window seats gone on that particular day and all the centre section seats were empty! Check it out AA105 LHR
13 March (although most of the rest of the seats have gone now as well)
Given that I wanted to travel on this flight (I couldn't get to LHR
earlier and didn't want to arrive in NYC later) I booked the flight on a different day just to get the window seat.