"Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:30 pm

Just today, I boarded a WestJet flight(WJ34) from YEG to YQU(Grande Prairie), so now I'm at my family's place in Grande Prairie for the weekend. But one problem existed. I saw a lady sitting in the seat I was supposed to be assigned to - a window seat about halfway down the cabin of a 737-200. With her child and husband. I spoke to the FA, and they kindly told me to wait in the back end of the cabin until nearly all the passengers were seated. One FA even told me no, it's OK, but the seat was still occupied! So I asked the lady sitting in my seat what her seating assignment was. She politely showed me and it was exactly the same as mine!!!! I told the FA "we've got a problem" and to see if she could get me another window seat, as I didn't want to have to separate the family. Luckily they found me another window seat even though the load factor on that flight was quite high - at least 90 out of 112 seats were occupied. I figured there must have been a goof-up by the counter agent. A WestJet passenger is given a confirmation number and only when the passenger arrives at the airport check-in does he or she get a seat assignment. So it's probably not that uncommon. The FAs have been very nice throughout the whole flight, and what a nice flight it was!

I had a very similar problem on a CRJ flight from YYZ to YUL, but it was because of an equipment change from a 767-200! I've experienced seat assignment goof-ups on CRA Dash 8 flights, too, but only once or twice.

Has anyone experienced problems with seating assignments before for whatever reason? (I did see one thread posted by RedAirForce under my topic "Air Travel In Russia" that Russian passengers ignore seating assignments, sitting wherever they please on flights within Russia!)
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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sat Feb 19, 2000 1:40 pm

That's not very strange, last time I was on-board a CX A340 from MNL-HKG, half of the seats on hte plane were occupided, they made a mass and need to let some of the passengers to be on the next flight two hours later!
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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sat Feb 19, 2000 2:01 pm

Yes this has happened to me once before on a United flight. I was on my way from St. John's Newfoundland to St. Louis in the States. I had to pick up united in Chicago. Then when we boarded the plane I was walking to the seat i was assigned and i noticed two very attractive Girls sitting in the seats next to mine! I was thinking that I was going to really enjoy this flight. then this little @#&* of a guy poked his head up from rooting around in his carry on!! Not impressed!! So i went to the row and asked to see his ticket. Sure enough he was assigned the same seat as me!! Oh well I guess that I wasn't going to have this seat with the two attractive girls!! So i went to the Fa and she said to wait untill the plane was ready to take off. I endedup on the row with the emergency exit ahead of me! It was great I had no seat in front of me!! I could totally stretch out and on a 737-200 Being 6'4" I have a bit of trouble getting comfortable! So I guess that it was al right that I had to change seats!! Too Bad about the two attractive girls, I would have put up with being uncomfortable for a short flight!! I forgot to mention that they also spoke french and started to say something quite rude to me as well so then I spoke up and said " Je parle Francais Aussi!! " What a look of shock that came over their faces!!

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Sat Feb 19, 2000 6:10 pm

This happened to the guy who bought my parents house back in 1990. He boarded the aircraft, which was maybe 10% full. There was another man sitting in his seat. He asked that man to move, but the other man refused. The man that bought our house decided to sit down on the other side of the aircraft in a window seat. This was the Northwest DC9 that was hit by the Northwest 727 on the runway in Detroit. The man that wouldn't give up his seat died.
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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 1:38 am

It happened to me once, on a flight from EWR to PHX on [gulp] AWA. It was a 757, that I think was almost full. I had a window seat, then this guy and his girl friend came by, and he said, are you sure you want the window seat? I had no clue what he was talking about, as I thought I was assinged that seat [my boarding pass, i think, said 15 F]. Then the FA came by and I asked her what was this, and then she got me an other seat, unfortunatly a middle seat, in the row behind.
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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 4:41 am

One time, I accidently took a window seat (twice) on a Delta 737-200 and MD-88. One case the seat was fortunately empty, bet the other time the person next to me didn't mind.

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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 8:11 am

I was flying JFK-VIE on Austrian Airlines new A330-200 on Oct,31st and as I work in a travel agency, it was no problem to make an ASR. I made a reservation for the window seat in row 35 but I ended up in row 39 on the middle seat inbetween the boyfriend of a FA and a (fortunately) nice young girl. I was at the transfer check-in almost 1 1/2 hours before departure so I do not know what went wrong. Delta ground staff.....?

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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 9:14 am

I always ask for window. Thankfully, they give medalion level ff's on DL preference.

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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 9:31 am

I was flying to Dublin from Stansted on an Aer lingus 146-300 and asked for the last row back as they often open the aft doors and you get off first.Anyway I got seat 20D when I boarded I walked to the back of the cabin but there was no 20D!!!.I had to stand in the aft galley until the found me a seat.Here in Ireland when you fly Ryanair you choose your own seat on board and I always take 1A as I am always first on and first off.
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RE: "Excuse Me, But You're Sitting In My Seat!"

Sun Feb 20, 2000 10:51 am

This happens to me everytime I fly Southwest.

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