smcmac32msn
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"Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:56 pm

I just bought airfare on CO, and for 2 out of the 4 legs of my journey, my flights are "Airport Restricted". I can make the assignments for my other 2 flights. Just wondering if anybody knows what this is, and why I can't make my seat assignments?

PS: The flights are in mid-November.
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:14 pm

Maybe those two flights are operated by a partner airline, so you can't get a seat assignment until the day of the flight. Thats probobly what it is.

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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:15 pm

Most likely means that all the seats that they plan to offer for advance assignment are assigned, and that they'll have to see what's left when you get to the airport. Not uncommon in heavy travel periods. I wouldn't worry; I've had this happen and still received a very nice window or aisle by checking in early, smiling, and asking for a window or aisle in the nicest possible way. Most airlines hold a bunch of seat assignments (particularly this far out) for their elite-level frequent fliers, which will open up on the date of the flight.

You might also find that by checking back from time to time you can get a seat assignment, as people will be cancelling between now and then.
 
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:24 pm

Well...... according to the seat maps in both flights (yes, I can see them, but can't make the assignments), there are 5 seats sold on each of the 2 flights. Those are all the exit row seats, and 2 right side bulkhead seats. All 4 flights are on ExpressJet dba Continental Express, so it shouldn't be different for 2 of the 4, in that regards. First flight is an EMB135, the last 3 are on the EMB145.
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:27 pm

SMC- Exit row seats are blocked as they cannot be assigned this far in advance, and CO may block the bulkhead for pax needing assistants, babies, or whatever else. Are you travelling to one of the D.C. area airports, by chance? That's what popped into my head when I saw the phrase "airport restricted."
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smcmac32msn
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:37 pm

Nope, not headed to D.C., just to Columbus, OH. My MSN-CLE and CLE-MSN flights are "airport restricted". From what I understood from the CSR on the phone (who barely spoke English, BTW) was that I wouldn't be able to assign my seat until I checked in or closer to the time, depending on what they decided to do. I asked her if I called WN by mistake, cuz it sounds like WNs ticketing.
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:45 pm

Generally, it means the flight is fairly full. Normally, 60-70% of the seats can be assigned in advance. Once those seats are assigned, then the flight becomes "airport restricted".

I have also seen it in a situation where there was an equipment substitution planned and no seats could be assigned in advance.

You will also see it on code share flights where one airline's inventory is gone, but the other's is completely available. I had it happen on a QF/AA flight operated by QF but I was on an AA flight number in C class. All it took was a phone call by the res agent to have the seat I wanted released.
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smcmac32msn
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:50 pm

Generally, it means the flight is fairly full. Normally, 60-70% of the seats can be assigned in advance. Once those seats are assigned, then the flight becomes "airport restricted".

Like I've said in previous posts, there are 10 seats out of 87 (total) that have been assigned. If they are assigned, why can't I see them on the maps they are giving me of this flight.
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PhilSquares
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:47 pm

Unless you want to give specific flight numbers and dates, you're asking people to guess. You asked a question and people are trying to give you their best answer.

In my answer I gave two alternatives. It would appear that perhaps the equipment isn't finalized yet.

If you want send me via email the flights and I will try to look.
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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Thu Jul 29, 2004 2:19 am


i've had this happen to me before. i was booked on UAL from CLE-ORD-LAX and back. my ORD-LAX leg was on a 777 and they wouldn't let me get a seat assignment when i booked. they said it had something to do with the plane. (?). on my other legs...733 / 763 / A319.....i was able to get seat assignments.

now...i would call back every now and then and i was finally able to make a seat assignment approx. 1 week before my flight. never really knew why.

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RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Thu Jul 29, 2004 2:30 am

Smcmac32msn -

The seatmap you see online is not accurate... the load for the flight is most likely much higher than the blocked seats displayed. For one or more of several reasons, airlines will only show a certain number of seats for you to choose from when you book online when in fact, there are more open seats available.
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