Seat 18B Blocked?

 
Old Jul 25, 13, 8:15 am
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Seat 18B Blocked?

Last week booked MCO-AUS for travel mid-August. Noticed that 5 of the 6 seats in row 18 (exit row) were available. Thought it strange that 18B, a center seat, was not available. Who in their right mind would pay $30 extra for 18B when 18A,C, D, and F were available? I chose 18D and went onto other business.

getting ready today to book AUS-MCO for later in August. Noticed the same phenomenon. 18B blocked despite the other 5 seats being available.

Now I am curious. Is this a system glitch or is there a reason for blocking 18B?
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Old Jul 25, 13, 8:32 am
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What date is the flight?
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Old Jul 25, 13, 9:16 am
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Old Jul 26, 13, 5:12 am
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Originally Posted by captiveguru View Post
Last week booked MCO-AUS for travel mid-August. Noticed that 5 of the 6 seats in row 18 (exit row) were available. Thought it strange that 18B, a center seat, was not available. Who in their right mind would pay $30 extra for 18B when 18A,C, D, and F were available? I chose 18D and went onto other business.

getting ready today to book AUS-MCO for later in August. Noticed the same phenomenon. 18B blocked despite the other 5 seats being available.

Now I am curious. Is this a system glitch or is there a reason for blocking 18B?
Are all the B seats blocked? IIRC, AirTran used to do this when they wanted the flexibility to swap between a 737 and 717.
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Old Jul 27, 13, 7:42 am
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Are all the B seats blocked? IIRC, AirTran used to do this when they wanted the flexibility to swap between a 737 and 717.
This is exactly what I was thinking.
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Old Jul 30, 13, 9:20 am
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They still do sometimes.
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Old Jul 30, 13, 9:53 am
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18B is showing as open. It is not switching to a 717.

Are all the B seats blocked? IIRC, AirTran used to do this when they wanted the flexibility to swap between a 737 and 717
This far out? Where did you get that information.

They still do sometimes.
Source?
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Old Jul 30, 13, 2:38 pm
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Personal Experience.

As an A2B and Elite I am able to pick my seats whenever I book a flight. I don't remember the last flight but it was a couple of months ago. The plane was listed as a 737 but all of the "B" seats were blocked. It actually happens more often when flight a farther in the future.
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Personal Experience.

As an A2B and Elite I am able to pick my seats whenever I book a flight. I don't remember the last flight but it was a couple of months ago. The plane was listed as a 737 but all of the "B" seats were blocked. It actually happens more often when flight a farther in the future.
Indeed, but that has nothing to do with being proactive in swapping aircraft types hence I was asking where you got that information from.
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Indeed, but that has nothing to do with being proactive in swapping aircraft types hence I was asking where you got that information from.
I answered your question. "It was based on my Personal Experience"

I have seen the "B" seats blocked on Airtran Flights when the equipment was listed as 737. Why they do that I don't know. It does seem to happen more often when flights are booked far in advance. I have seldom actually flown an Airtran 737.
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Old Jul 31, 13, 7:29 am
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Indeed, but that has nothing to do with being proactive in swapping aircraft types hence I was asking where you got that information from.
So why is it done?
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Old Jul 31, 13, 6:41 pm
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So why is it done?
They block the B seats on the website for 737 aircraft because the 717 aircraft only has two seats on the right hand side. So if they switch from a 737 to a 717, they don't have a bunch of people confirmed in to the B seats that they now need to find seats for. They could block the C seats too, but this way people know they either have a window or an isle.
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Old Jul 31, 13, 11:13 pm
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Originally Posted by dioxide45 View Post
They block the B seats on the website for 737 aircraft because the 717 aircraft only has two seats on the right hand side. So if they switch from a 737 to a 717, they don't have a bunch of people confirmed in to the B seats that they now need to find seats for. They could block the C seats too, but this way people know they either have a window or an isle.
DUH
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Old Aug 1, 13, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by PA42 View Post
Indeed, but that has nothing to do with being proactive in swapping aircraft types hence I was asking where you got that information from.
Originally Posted by dioxide45 View Post
They block the B seats on the website for 737 aircraft because the 717 aircraft only has two seats on the right hand side. So if they switch from a 737 to a 717, they don't have a bunch of people confirmed in to the B seats that they now need to find seats for. They could block the C seats too, but this way people know they either have a window or an isle.
That's what I've always thought too. But PA42 disputes that. Given that he works for FL, I wanted to give him the opportunity to enlighten us.
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Old Aug 1, 13, 11:22 am
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If anyone is interested in an example of all the B seats being blocked you can look at Flight 455 ATL to MSY departing on 10/30/2013 at 4:41 PM. Just start to book a reservation you get to the seat map before paying.

Note Rows 10 and 11 are also usually blocked, to accommodate people needing assistance, although row 11 usually opens up T-24.
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