I have been reading a lot of trip reports on http://www.airlinequality.com
better known as Skytrax. Of course most people just use it as a chance to sound off about some perceived failure on the part of the airline; half of all reviews end with "I will never fly this airline again!". Some are legitimate complaints (especially in United's case - a damning list of cancelled flights, sleeps on airport floors and genuinely rude staff) but mostly are just ridiculous. One person posted a review of Air Canada SFO
just days before I flew it, and I enjoyed excellent legroom (for Y), big personal screen with dozens of movies on demand (on an A320!) and decent catering available for purchase, and free non-alcholic drinks. Well, this person was not a happy camper, finding fault with everything, and he or she will (all together now) never fly this airline again! OK
, well good luck with United then!
But of all the spurious complaints, the one I find the most hilarious is, they couldn't seat us together. Of course there are two exceptions, travelling with your children or on honeymoon. Other than that, for ****'s actual sake, you are going to be backpacking with this person for the next six weeks, you've been married for ten years already, you're going to be in a smelly tourbus for the next month, what's wrong with your own company, a book, a sleep, a podcast etc for an hour's flight. Or maybe seven hours - even better!
Some people on here have suggested that they don't want to talk to a stranger. Why would you do that? Or they might want to talk to you. Honestly, gold in more than one alliance and I've never had a seat mate utter a word in my direction. I suppose if you're with your spouse and you still like each other, for sure sit together, it's quite a giggle to start the movie at the same time and pull faces and roll your eyes at the funny scenes or have a cuddle. But come on, if it's not possible to sit together, it's such a non-issue, "See you in [destination]!" and go to your own seat. Actually it can be quite fun to go and pay a visit halfway through the flight.
Anyway - I'm mystified. It seems like a very fetishy thing, to have to sit with someone you know. Perhaps I should be happy, maybe it suggests people are still somewhat awed by flight, not just bored by it. Or maybe it's just the premeditated resentment some people seem to nurse, so as to convert into emotional satisfaction at the slightest perceived slight. Oooh! Grrrr! Air Canada! ****! But Air Canada doesn't care. Check in earlier next time if you really can't be alone, and sit down and enjoy the flight. And your own company for once.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz