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

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:22 pm

citationjet wrote:
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.


Another is when people count seat rows rather than look at the numbers. If rows are staggered or number 13 is missing, you will plop down in the wrong one...
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:49 am

Aptivaboy 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.


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.


I think I've made my point but this is exactly why I approach the crew rather than the other passenger in a situation like this.
If you approach the crew, they will ensure everyone is in their assigned seats- they will have to move or face being sent to the police for not complying with crew instructions.
You get what you pay for, fair and simple.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:47 pm

I think I've made my point but this is exactly why I approach the crew rather than the other passenger in a situation like this.


Sorry if I wasn't clear, infinit. She did move to her assigned aisle seat and I did get my assigned and preselected window seat. However, she then stayed in the aisle seat the whole flight even though there were MANY open first class seats, including in the row behind us where her friends were sitting. Seriously, I'd say that 767 had about 50% open first class seats. She could have easily sat with her group without asking me to trade seats. That's another thing - people who want to trade seats really should wait for boarding to finish. Then, they can get the lay of the land, figure out what's open and what's not, and ask accordingly. My beef is when people try to rearrange seats and boarding hasn't finished which can really mean putting a monkey wrench into things when no one really knows how many seats are still open, if everyones' parties have finished boarding, etc.
 
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Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:26 pm

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.


Choosing my seat (window) always costs me a lot of efforts, such as checking in when the possibility of doing it online just opens up, sometimes in the middle of the night. Or find a way to contact the airline when seat selection is not possible, for one reason or another.
Therefore, I am polite but strictly intractable if someone occupies my seat. A smile and a simple "hello, I think this is my seat" is all it takes, most of the time.
It happens quite often, especially when I board last or close to the last. So much so that I sometimes avoid boarding too late for this reason.... It's not always very pleasant to get a family moving, for example.

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


The problem with your method is that the FA will probably think (and tell to others): "Careful, this guy is a dick, bothering us for nothing". And then you will finish with pasta instead of chicken :lol:

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