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Old Dec 7, 18, 12:45 am
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nkedel
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Originally Posted by vanillabean View Post
At which time can the airline no longer change your seat? I always thought it's when you pass the gate control.
I've gotten upgrades cleared by the gate staff after boarding -- they send a new BP in and have one of the FAs come find you. I've always been in an exit row when it's happened, and I'd assume the seat I'm vacating was reassigned, not just left up for grabs, but I can't say that for certain.

AFAIK, seating is technically under gate control until right before they close the doors -- they (normally) print the manifest right before that, after the gate has already closed. In practice, though, once you're on board it will be the onboard crew handing seating issues unless someone escalates the situation back to the gate.
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