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What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:42 pm

I took a Ryanair flight two weeks ago and many people were sitting in the wrong seats. One woman had a tantrum about it while a man was more passive aggressive about it. What would you personally do if you were travelling alone? Would you find somewhere else to sit or would you ask the person to move? I would probably sit somewhere else but if I'm asked to move from that seat I would politely ask the person sitting at my assigned seat to move.
 
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Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:49 pm

Depends on how much I value the seat. If I’ve paid to reserve it (like the $112 I recently paid BA to reserve an exit row seat), I’ll definitely ask the other passenger to move.

If I haven’t paid to reserve and it’s a crappy middle seat I won’t care.
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:10 am

I would show the passenger sitting in my seat my boarding pass that proves that the seat is mine. If they fail to show me that their boarding pass shows that the seat is theirs and they refuse to get up, I would ask a nearby crew member (without making a scene) to help me out.
 
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:11 am

I would tell them to move.

Happened to me on CA a few times. The locals there tend to ignore assigned seating and think they can just sit together wherever they want (from my experiences).

When they have refused to move out of my assigned seat CA FA's have ended up yelling at them in Chinese until they give in.
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:59 am

I'd tell them to beat it. If they didn't want to fly an airline with assigned seats, fly WN. I'm not very concerned about where I sit, I'd just prefer an aisle. But I selected my seat, if they didn't or bought a seat at the last minute, that is isn't my problem.

The only time I'd think about moving is if a parent and child were split up.
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:18 am

Flying a red-eye LAX-PHL on F9 some years ago, I got on last and there was someone in my assigned seat. As there were 11 pax on flight, I went ahead and sat somewhere else lol.
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:24 am

I guess in an extreme situation like the one above (with only a few people on the plane), I'd sit somewhere else. But in general, I'd tell the person to move. And if they refused, I wouldn't have a problem making their day miserable.
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:28 am

Happened on my Sun Country flight.

I just told her that it was my seat and she moved. Simple as that.
 
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:06 am

I think it depends on the passenger. Some are nice about it, some are just being dicks. I remember back in 2009, I was going from JNB to IST and this woman wanted to sit in my assigned emergency exit seat because she wanted to sit with her friend that she saw when she got on the flight. I had a cracked leg, so I really needed the legroom and she saw me with crouches, I had to call the FAs to help me out and she cursed at me for a while for not being cooperative and made sure to bump into me when she got up to go to the bathroom.
 
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:25 pm

I double check my boarding card seat with the row number, then I say excuse me, I think you are sitting in my seat, what seat is on your boarding card? Then they check the seat and move, If they ask if I would mind sitting in their seat I say no because they are invariably trying to improve a middle seat or a seat without a window etc. Any trouble and I seek a crew member.
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:36 pm

I observed a situation that happened on an Air Canada Q400 YUL-YQB flight back in 2017.

A couple where claiming that some other passengers where in their assigned seats, they decided to compare boarding passes and in fact both groups of passengers had the same seats allocated.

The difference was that this couple where supposed to be on a flight to Ottawa (To which I think their flight was boarding from the same gate)
 
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:27 am

The OP apparently refers to the case where some passengers pay for their preferred seat and others are seated in unallocated seats? Have note experiences in flights, but was usual in trains. Such should not happen.

I have had many cases where someone is sitting in my seat, with allocated seats for all. The problem is, I do not know where to sit, then. I kindly show my ticket to claim the seat. In some cases it is evident that the person has just taken the window seat instead of middle seat. Depends on the mood etc whether I accept it. Usually I only care to arrive at the destination.

Once I accepted a middle seat when a lady had taken my window seat. She was then friendly to me all the flight - too friendly as she was getting drunk - which made my trip uncomfortable.

If I fly with family and somebody is in our seats I truly fight to keep our seats, unless FA assigns us a better row.
 
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:43 am

This has happened a few times over the years and the most common reason is that the other passenger has sat in the wrong row, e.g row 13 instead of 15 - an easy mistake to make. If I am travelling alone and the other persons seat is effectively the same as mine then I am happy to take the other seat. If I am travelling with a companion and the other persons mistake would mean we are split up then I would ask them to move. I don't think anyone has ever refused or caused trouble.

Even on those odd occasions where someone has deliberately taken my seat because it is just better than theirs, when challenged, always politely, they have always moved not necessarily with good grace it has to be said.

It also happened to me in a theatre and the couple in our seats proudly showed me their tickets for those seats, unfortunately the tickets were for the previous nights production!
 
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:07 am

Happens from time to time. Usually someone in the middle seat hoping to trade or that nobody will show up. Sometimes people with connecting flights who look at the wrong boarding pass. Just tell them to move, never had any issues.

Got into the wrong seat myself once. The seat rows were staggered on each side of the aisle, so row 3 on the left didn't match up with row 3 on the right. On top of this, the first two rows were missing on the right side, so if you just counted seats, you would get into the wrong one. I proceeded down the aisle to my seat, 4F. The passenger from 3F had made the same mistake and gotten into 4F, and I didn't take notice and got into 5F. Eventually the actual passenger for 5F showed up, we noticed the error, laughed and all moved to the right seats.

I would never dream of giving up my seat for anything worse, and would probably not trade for something similar either - only for an upgrade.
 
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:57 am

AirbusA343 wrote:
I took a Ryanair flight two weeks ago and many people were sitting in the wrong seats. One woman had a tantrum about it while a man was more passive aggressive about it. What would you personally do if you were travelling alone? Would you find somewhere else to sit or would you ask the person to move? I would probably sit somewhere else but if I'm asked to move from that seat I would politely ask the person sitting at my assigned seat to move.


It depends on where their assigned seat was. An example happened to me last year. They had my aisle seat, and were giving me the window seat. I agreed to it in this instance. If a pax would not move or tell me a reason why they were in my seat or where they were assigned to start with, I would ask the FA to sort it out. I would then go along with their (the FA) decision. Sometimes I can’t choose a seat prior and I would be mostly happy to be put anywhere. This is also relative to the length of the flight, and to a lesser extent, the aircraft type too though.

Recently, I was watching something on YouTube or somewhere, and an announcement was made that the flight was full and pax could sit anywhere. Haven’t encountered that yet on any of my flights. My understanding is that you are assigned a particular seat or area of the aircraft for weight and balance reasons.
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:05 am

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This has happened a few times over the years and the most common reason is that the other passenger has sat in the wrong row, e.g row 13 instead of 15 - an easy mistake to make. If I am travelling alone and the other persons seat is effectively the same as mine then I am happy to take the other seat. If I am travelling with a companion and the other persons mistake would mean we are split up then I would ask them to move. I don't think anyone has ever refused or caused trouble.


I have done this. My reason is just being overtired and not paying enough attention. The last time it happened, the pax was politely forthright about it, and I was embarrassed at making such a simple mistake. If I am travelling with a companion and it would mean we are split up, I would ask them to move, or get the FA to sort it out, making my case that we booked to sit together.
 
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:56 am

Had this experience couple of times.....on both occasions, the offending passengers had assigned aisle seats but believed that they had the window seat.....I had to explain to them that the A/F seat is a window and that they should please move over.....
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:18 pm

AirbusA343 wrote:
What would you personally do if you were travelling alone?

"Excuse me sir/mam, you're in my seat" usually do it. If the person refuse (happened to my once) just tell a crew member and they will do the removing.
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:24 pm

First, I double check my boarding pass and take another look at the seat row identification to ensure that I'm not the mistaken party, then, if reasonably certain, I will ask the other person to confirm his/her seat assignment. I've only experienced one confrontational passenger, and it turned out that he boarded the wrong aircraft - the jetbridge was one of those "Y" configurations that used a common door, two flights were boarding simultaneously. This was at DFW, I recall, this always seemed like a configuration that would be prone to confuse.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:41 pm

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I think it depends on the passenger. Some are nice about it, some are just being dicks. I remember back in 2009, I was going from JNB to IST and this woman wanted to sit in my assigned emergency exit seat because she wanted to sit with her friend that she saw when she got on the flight. I had a cracked leg, so I really needed the legroom and she saw me with crouches, I had to call the FAs to help me out and she cursed at me for a while for not being cooperative and made sure to bump into me when she got up to go to the bathroom.


You had a cracked leg and sat in the emergency exit? Isn’t this against policy?
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:01 pm

aldrigsomandre wrote:
I think it depends on the passenger. Some are nice about it, some are just being dicks. I remember back in 2009, I was going from JNB to IST and this woman wanted to sit in my assigned emergency exit seat because she wanted to sit with her friend that she saw when she got on the flight. I had a cracked leg, so I really needed the legroom and she saw me with crouches, I had to call the FAs to help me out and she cursed at me for a while for not being cooperative and made sure to bump into me when she got up to go to the bathroom.


Crutches? Oh no! You should not have been allowed to sit in the exit row. In an emergency, you would have blocked the exit and prevented others from a timely evacuation.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:58 pm

I've had a few experiences lately of Chinese passengers sitting in my seat (usually window or aisle because they didn't want their assigned middle seat). I only mention this because it's happened to me about 3 times recently involving passengers that seem to be connecting from or to mainland China. In all cases they did move.

Not to target or blame a specific ethnic group but it's curious and I'm wondering perhaps on Chinese airlines travelers, especially less experienced ones, adopt more of a concept of "sit where you like"?

My answer to the OP question: I would almost never just give in and let someone randomly take my seat, unless the crew asks for my help and finds me a seat equal or better, and I was in a good mood that day :)
 
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:03 am

Happened once, this woman was just accidentally in my seat, she dbl checked her ticket and moved one row back.
 
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:19 am

I once requested from the cabin crew to ask someone sitting my assigned seat which i paid for because of the extra legroom. The woman that was sitting in my seat said to me 'its just a seat'.

That was onboard Air Arabia.
 
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:42 am

Happened a few times to me. I asked the people politely, to move which did work out every time without a problem, as mostly the people just accidentally got the wrong seat. Just on two occasions the have been issues. One was on a domestic flight in Saudi-Arabia with Saudia, where a local sat on my windows seat and looked me with a disgruntled face. I sat on the aisle seat and didn't want to discuss anything, I was tired anyway after a long haul flight and a night at the airport. The other time it happened was when I did have a seat in first economy row, so with extra leg room on Lufthansa flight Frankfurt-Kuwait. I was actually the first one in my assigned seat. Then an older lady sat next to me. Shortly after, a younger boy, apparently around 16-20 showed up and sat on the seat across the aisle. Another passenger came in and asked him to move, as this was his seat. Afterwards that boy came to me and asked, whether he can sit here, as he is travelling with his mother (the lady next to me). I politely refused, as I did not have any intention of giving up my extra legroom. Then that boy asked the FA to ask me, to switch seats. She came to me and said "I know you won't do that, and I can fully understand that, but that guy keeps asking me to ask you." and I refused again. The boy then sat in the row in front of us (Premium Economy), but here the FA intervened and asked him to either leave the seat or pay 300$. In the end he went back to his original seat a few rows behind. The older lady didn't seem to be bothered by it at all.

Oh and by the way: it did happn that I was the one in the wrong seat once. Luckily I noticed that before anyone else came (had a ticket for and 10F window seat, but accidentally sat on 10A) and could switch seats without a problem.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:28 pm

My husband and I usually get two aisles across from each other when in coach. When unavailable, we take an aisle and window.

Inevitably, the person in the middle between us anticipates that we will want to sit together and offers to move. We always decline, as we don’t like middle seats at all.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:40 pm

I was flying on Emirates a while back when I found a lady sitting in my aisle seat, with her infant on her lap. The lady asked if she could have the aisle and I take middle seat as she needed aisle access to get up and use the WC during the flight. I gladly gave her my seat. I was travelling solo and wasn't too bothered. The lady was flying from Chicago to Cairo via Dubai, with a kid, and was probably exhausted.
In other cases where no elderly parent/children involved or where WC access isn't required, and it's just a case of people just wanting to sit together, I will stick to my original place.
 
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:46 pm

The worst one I had was a couple who wanted to sit near their friends and when I asked them about it they played the game of pretending to look for their boarding pass that mysteriously disappeared. The best one I had was when I was seated in 5A and the lady there thought she was in the right seat because we had boarded at gate A5.
 
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:37 pm

wv399 wrote:
aldrigsomandre wrote:
I think it depends on the passenger. Some are nice about it, some are just being dicks. I remember back in 2009, I was going from JNB to IST and this woman wanted to sit in my assigned emergency exit seat because she wanted to sit with her friend that she saw when she got on the flight. I had a cracked leg, so I really needed the legroom and she saw me with crouches, I had to call the FAs to help me out and she cursed at me for a while for not being cooperative and made sure to bump into me when she got up to go to the bathroom.


Crutches? Oh no! You should not have been allowed to sit in the exit row. In an emergency, you would have blocked the exit and prevented others from a timely evacuation.


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Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:53 pm

Wednesdayite wrote:
Depends on how much I value the seat. If I’ve paid to reserve it (like the $112 I recently paid BA to reserve an exit row seat), I’ll definitely ask the other passenger to move.

If I haven’t paid to reserve and it’s a crappy middle seat I won’t care.


Pretty much this....also depends on how long the flight is and perhaps the size of the neighbours in the prospective seat (if it's a middle seat)
 
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:15 am

Has happened to me a couple of times, both someone in my seat and me in someone else's seat.

The times I've sat in the wrong seat have been the first leg of a two leg flight where I glanced at the boarding pass as I walked down the jetway, but had the boarding pass for the second leg on top when boarding the first flight, sitting in 6A instead of 4A. No big deal, I simply moved to the correct seat when someone showed up assigned to the seat I was in.

The other times when someone was in my seat I have no idea if they misread the row number, misread their boarding pass, or were just grabbing a better seat hoping it would be empty. Regardless, the couple of times it happened the person moved when I politely pointed out they were in my seat. I highly recommend pointing this out politely and 99% of the time, they will likely move to their correct seat. In the event they don't move -- especially if they offer to trade you a worse seat -- you should definitely create a scene. As long as no children are around some mild profanity is called for as well as threats to remove them, or dumping water on them if someone has a drink nearby. One word of caution -- make sure it's water and not coffee, wine, or a sticky soda, as some will inevitably end up on your seat.
 
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:23 am

What's wrong with you people?! Why on earth would you approach the person sitting in your assigned seat directly?

It happened to me once on a SQ flight. I saw from a few rows down that someone was sitting in my seat..
I walked up to a flight attendant and told him someone was in my seat, showing my boarding pass..
So of course the attendant went up to him, asked for his boarding pass and escorted him to his assigned seat.

With this method, the offending passenger 1) has to comply as its an instruction from a crew member 2) you don't have to deal with aggression/passive-aggression/disgruntled faces etc :P
 
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:57 am

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What's wrong with you people?! Why on earth would you approach the person sitting in your assigned seat directly?

It happened to me once on a SQ flight. I saw from a few rows down that someone was sitting in my seat..
I walked up to a flight attendant and told him someone was in my seat, showing my boarding pass..
So of course the attendant went up to him, asked for his boarding pass and escorted him to his assigned seat.

With this method, the offending passenger 1) has to comply as its an instruction from a crew member 2) you don't have to deal with aggression/passive-aggression/disgruntled faces etc :P


Because it saves time and also you don't come across as a "tattle-tale". There's nothing wrong with dealing with thing oneself IMO..
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:12 am

I've had this happen a few times but the weirdest one was on a BA Club Europe JER-LGW flight a few years ago. For those who don't know this is operated by an A319 with convertible seating so whilst there are middle seats they are unoccupied in CE.

As I reported at the time:

I'm a little tardy in boarding and find a couple sat in 2D and 2F which is bit odd as I'm in 2F and the seat next to me was supposedly free.

Standing by 01D I hold up my boarding pass and do the British thing of apologizing for them being in the wrong seat. The couple feign confusion and get up to allow me to take my seat. I put my rollerbag in the overhead locker but just after doing so the husband then shuffles in again before me. He realizes his error and stands in the aisle again.

I take my seat and then the husband comes across and starts trying to squeeze into 2E. (The fold down tray table was up). He is fairly large and I tell him that's not a seat. Sternly he points up at the overhead panel (this is an A319 so it has the D/E/F marker) and says that it is. He shows the boarding passes and he and his wife have 2A and 2C. He then moves to 2C leaving his wife in 2D.

After the doors shut they both move themselves to the A/C side. Husband then takes a jab at me, "would have been a lot easier if you'd just sat here instead"....I thought would have been a whole lot easier if you could bloody read, mate.


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Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:50 am

sprxUSA wrote:
infinit wrote:
What's wrong with you people?! Why on earth would you approach the person sitting in your assigned seat directly?

It happened to me once on a SQ flight. I saw from a few rows down that someone was sitting in my seat..
I walked up to a flight attendant and told him someone was in my seat, showing my boarding pass..
So of course the attendant went up to him, asked for his boarding pass and escorted him to his assigned seat.

With this method, the offending passenger 1) has to comply as its an instruction from a crew member 2) you don't have to deal with aggression/passive-aggression/disgruntled faces etc :P


Because it saves time and also you don't come across as a "tattle-tale". There's nothing wrong with dealing with thing oneself IMO..


I would deal with such issues myself if people were gracious, or perhaps merely polite...

However, after years of travel, I have come to the conclusion that air travel brings about the worst in people, in every part of the world.
Perhaps its a sense of privilege, the associated luxury of air travel, or maybe a sense of entitlement for getting the most bang for your buck (or miles).

I also couldn't care less if I'm seen as a tattle-tale.. I would probably never see him or her again.
 
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:08 am

I drop my bags, wring their neck and holler, "WHERE THE !#%&@ DOES YOUR SELFISH A__ THINK IT CAN GET OFF JUST TAKING MY SEAT AS IF YOU'RE ENTITLED TO WHATEVER G-D THING YOU'VE EVER LOOKED AT AND SHOW ZERO CONSIDERATION FOR ANYONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, LET ALONE FOR ANYONE ELSE FATED TO SPEND THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS COOPED UP IN THIS BLASTED METAL BIRD?!!? GET OUT NOW!!! "



Then I look at my boarding pass.
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:07 am

Had this embarrassing episode once. Took this seat in the plane and this guy comes and claimed its his seat and asked me to get up. So I asked him to show his boarding pass, which he didn't have, and he became pretty aggressive when I asked him to sit somewhere else.
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:50 am

Just this march this happened to me - on an AF flight from CDG to YVR, there was this really nice couple sitting... right in my seat. Well, not both of them ;) just the wife. I just asked nicely and they moved. Luckily not much of a fuss.
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Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:52 pm

I’m a soft guy.... also not very intimidating.

Actually someone was occupying my seat once (it was a Mesa CR9). I forget exactly what I said (of course it wasn’t rash), but I ended up just forfeiting it; didn’t pay extra for it, wasn’t a long ride, he seemed like a nice guy. We had a nice trip there chatting about our occupation and shared playing a puzzle game on his phone.

If it were a window seat on a transatlantic flight, things would be different though >:) (maybe).
 
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Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:08 am

I actually had a positive outcome after someone sat in my seat.

It was ZRH-PHL in J on AA’s 767-300 last summer. The guy who was sitting in my assigned seat accidentally sat one row ahead of his seat, so he let me sit in his assigned seat.

Thankfully, his seat was one of the better J seats on the 763. The more private and next to the window seat :)
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:00 am

I just recheck my boarding pass to be sure I’m not about to make a fool of myself (has happened) then politely ask the person to check their pass. The reverse has happened where I have been in the wrong. I apologize and move. That usually because I’m am tired on my second or third leg of a long day. My most amazing recent case was in seat 4c on a WN flight and was asked to move by someone with a boarding pass in group C, position 4.

Many years ago I was with a friend flying BA economy SFO-LHR. we arrived at the airport very early and snagged bulkhead seats at check in. On the plane a very well dressed older couple offered us $50 each to swap seats with them. Asked us to just look at their seats to make a decision. We did that, decided not to swap and when we returned to our seats the older couple were in them. We asked for our seats back and they refused. We talked to the senior flight attendant who told the people to move. They refused, and said if they didn’t get the bulkhead they weren’t flying. They were escorted off, and we all waited about 20 minutes while their bags were retrieved from the hold. We left without them.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:38 am

This is very common in Ryanair flights nowadays. It has happened to me a few times.

People will not pay for seats and then will seat next to their BF/GF/friend hoping the passenger with that seat will move to their seat.

I don't mind if the seat is "equal" or better (e.g. I have a middle seat and they have an aisle seat); otherwise I will just tell they are in the wrong seat so move presto because the plane has to take off.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:58 pm

aerorobnz wrote:
I double check my boarding card seat with the row number, then I say excuse me, I think you are sitting in my seat, what seat is on your boarding card? Then they check the seat and move, If they ask if I would mind sitting in their seat I say no because they are invariably trying to improve a middle seat or a seat without a window etc. Any trouble and I seek a crew member.


I agree with your approach. Sometimes the reason someone is in the wrong seat is because they are looking at the boarding pass from their previous flight, rather than their current flight. Their correct boarding pass was scanned at the gate, but after they are on the plane they look at an old boarding pass from the previous flight to locate their seat. I have seen this happen many times. An honest and easy mistake to make.
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:26 pm

I'll flip it around a bit. I was on a WN flight last week and a lady was sitting by the window, and she told anyone that tried to sit in the aisle seat that it was "taken" by her husband (who wasn't even on the plane yet). He finally got on board, leaving the middle seat empty. When the poor guy stuck there finally sat down, the lady looked at home and said "Sorry, this is my husband (in the aisle seat). Hope you don't mind being in the middle of our conversation." They then proceeded to talk around the poor guy for the next hour. Seriously?
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:29 pm

I've never had someone take my seat, but I have had the person already sitting in the aisle seat refuse to allow me to sit in the window seat. He decided he wanted the entire row to himself and nobody was going to tell him otherwise. The FA caved to him and made me sit somewhere else. Then that somewhere else happened to be someone else's assigned seat, and the FA made him sit somewhere else. Rinse, repeat. The FA kept moving people around just because this one guy didn't want any neighbors.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:33 pm

infinit wrote:
What's wrong with you people?! Why on earth would you approach the person sitting in your assigned seat directly?


I'm pretty sure your questions here are tongue-and-cheek, but sometimes the situation can be handled at the lowest level by just discussing it with them. No need to immediately involve the cabin crew while they're trying to get the cabin ready for departure. If the offending passenger makes a stink, then involve a cabin crew member.
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:35 pm

vatveng wrote:
I've never had someone take my seat, but I have had the person already sitting in the aisle seat refuse to allow me to sit in the window seat. He decided he wanted the entire row to himself and nobody was going to tell him otherwise. The FA caved to him and made me sit somewhere else. Then that somewhere else happened to be someone else's assigned seat, and the FA made him sit somewhere else. Rinse, repeat. The FA kept moving people around just because this one guy didn't want any neighbors.


Unbelievable. Was this an airline with open seating like Southwest?
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:37 pm

aklrno wrote:
My most amazing recent case was in seat 4c on a WN flight and was asked to move by someone with a boarding pass in group C, position 4.


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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:02 am

aeromoe wrote:
infinit wrote:
What's wrong with you people?! Why on earth would you approach the person sitting in your assigned seat directly?


I'm pretty sure your questions here are tongue-and-cheek, but sometimes the situation can be handled at the lowest level by just discussing it with them. No need to immediately involve the cabin crew while they're trying to get the cabin ready for departure. If the offending passenger makes a stink, then involve a cabin crew member.


Well to each our own I suppose.
I'd rather approach the crew and let them sort it.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:52 pm

I double check my boarding card seat with the row number, then I say excuse me, I think you are sitting in my seat, what seat is on your boarding card? Then they check the seat and move, If they ask if I would mind sitting in their seat I say no because they are invariably trying to improve a middle seat or a seat without a window etc. Any trouble and I seek a crew member.


Pretty much the same. This happened to me on a first class flight on HA SAN-OGG last year. I'd reserved a left hand window seat on one of their soon the be retired 763s because I love the view coming in around Haleakala and then turning over Kihei and Maleala Bay and then into Kahalui. When I got to my seat (bear in mind, first class boards early) a woman was in my seat. Well, she wanted to sit with her traveling group who were spread over several rows and seats in first class, and asked me to move to a middle of the plane seat. I politely said no since I'd selected the seat months in advance and really wanted the view. Plus, first class was actually only about half full so she and her companions could have easily adjusted their seating and been all together. What did she do? She didn't move. She stayed in the aisle seat, I guess out of spite, the whole trip. She was actually very nice, but the fact that she could have moved herself to accomplish the goal of sitting together and didn't was... Strange.

Its happened other times, but its usually an issue of the aisle markers being a bit staggered compared to the actual seat locations, so its just a simple mistake. Now that I save to fly first or business almost exclusively it rarely happens anymore, that HA flight being an exception. I used to see it a lot in coach where people would try to snag the extra legroom economy seat that other passengers had reserved and sometimes paid extra for.

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