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Theoretical Seating master thread: Blocked seats and status

Theoretical Seating master thread: Blocked seats and status

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This thread examines BA's use of Amadeus' Theoretical Seating module. This kicks in at T-72 hours before departure, so this thread is primarily of interest to those travelling within the next few days.
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Old Dec 1, 18, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by scottishpoet View Post
In truth it is a bit of both. Nobody had taken the seat by T-72 when TS kicked in and the flight loads meant it could be kept blocked
Do BA ever move passengers from seats next to elites in order to block them? I had an experience where the seat in CW next to me was occupied and then at T-72 it and a few other seats became blocked. (I am using EF to check the seat map).
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Old Dec 1, 18, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by thorofare View Post
Do BA ever move passengers from seats next to elites in order to block them?
No (unfortunately )
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Old Dec 1, 18, 2:50 pm
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Thought I got lucky with TS today in the exit row when they announced they were closing doors only to have a crew member offer the empty middle seat to another passenger as there is more leg room 😠
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Old Dec 1, 18, 5:48 pm
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Originally Posted by thorofare View Post
Do BA ever move passengers from seats next to elites in order to block them? I had an experience where the seat in CW next to me was occupied and then at T-72 it and a few other seats became blocked. (I am using EF to check the seat map).
not that I am aware of

what I do is if I look at the seat map at t-72 and find someone has taken the seat beside me then I might move myself to where there may be more space, especially if I think the flight will not be full and I will keep the bblock beside my new seat
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Old Dec 2, 18, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by Brainless69 View Post
Thought I got lucky with TS today in the exit row when they announced they were closing doors only to have a crew member offer the empty middle seat to another passenger as there is more leg room 😠
Ahhh, I've had that happen before. Annoying!
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Old Dec 2, 18, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by Brainless69 View Post
Thought I got lucky with TS today in the exit row when they announced they were closing doors only to have a crew member offer the empty middle seat to another passenger as there is more leg room 😠
I have wondered whether I would have the courage, in that situation, to explain quietly and politely that the seat is unoccupied because it has been blocked owing to my status and then what reaction one would get from the crew member / other pax.
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Old Dec 2, 18, 1:54 am
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Ahhh, I've had that happen before. Annoying!
What made it worse was he was a short guy so didnít need the leg room 🙄
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Old Dec 2, 18, 2:08 am
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I have wondered whether I would have the courage, in that situation, to explain quietly and politely that the seat is unoccupied because it has been blocked owing to my status and then what reaction one would get from the crew member / other pax.
I suspect the only consequence of doing so would be your immediate appearance in the DYKWIA topic
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Old Dec 2, 18, 2:27 am
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I suspect the only consequence of doing so would be your immediate appearance in the DYKWIA topic

A fair comment However, more seriously, is it actually unreasonable, to ask for a benefit offered to GCH's to be honoured ? Would I qualify for the DYKWIA thread if I kicked up a strop at an outstation if the check in desk sent me off to the ET desk or I complained because I was denied entry to the lounge with an ET BP ? Is not the problem with theoretical seating that its existence is likely very little known outside FT circles ?

I asked the question because I came very close to this on Friday when flying back on an E190, with myself in the exit row aisle and an empty window seat next to me. I could see someone in a non-exit seat across the aisle and in the row in front (therefore non-reclinable) hungrily eyeing up the empty seat, but I think my glacial stare, combined with the fact that he would have physically had to climb over me, must have put him off. I was musing to myself how I would have reacted if he had tried, and concluded that I would probably have stood my ground !
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Old Dec 2, 18, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by Frequentflyer99 View Post
A fair comment However, more seriously, is it actually unreasonable, to ask for a benefit offered to GCH's to be honoured ? Would I qualify for the DYKWIA thread if I kicked up a strop at an outstation if the check in desk sent me off to the ET desk or I complained because I was denied entry to the lounge with an ET BP ? Is not the problem with theoretical seating that its existence is likely very little known outside FT circles ?

I asked the question because i came very close to this on Friday when flying back on an E190, with myself in the exit row aisle and an empty window seat next to me. I could see someone in a non-exit seat across the aisle and in the row in front (therefore non-reclinable) hungrily eyeing up the empty seat, but I think my glacial stare, combined with the fact that he would have physically had to climb over me, must have put him off. I was musing to myself how I would have reacted if he had tried, and concluded that I would probably have stood my ground !
It isnít actually a benefit, more of a consequence of TS. There is no mention of this Ďbenefití or TS anywhere on BA.com, we wouldnít even know TS existed if not for this topic.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 3:36 am
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I was duly notified of a changed seat due to an aircraft change this morning by email. I checked straightaway and noted the following oddity:

Some rows are blocked but have one or two seats occupied already (according to Expertflyer). On my MMB, I cannot select those however (BA Gold). See screenshots. Anyone with an idea of whats going on here? Is it worth to call up and ask for 10A, could the Gold Line help here?





Also, I canít remember when Iíve last seen an A321 on the DUS route.

(The flight is more than 72hrs away so I guess that TS in FLY isnít at work here)

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Old Dec 6, 18, 3:46 am
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Sorry if this has been asked before, but if I am gold, and seated in eg ET 10A, and another gold is in 10C, does that mean that even to either of us, as golds, the B seat is blocked by TS?

Just curious
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Old Dec 8, 18, 11:09 am
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I'm stuck back in 67F, an aisle seat in the middle block of WT+ on the 269 LHR-LAX flight tomorrow, after losing my slightly better seat due a cancellation.
Expert Flyer is showing 67E as an X at present, so if that is being blocked and things remain as they are, at least that's something.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by Pascoe View Post
Sorry if this has been asked before, but if I am gold, and seated in eg ET 10A, and another gold is in 10C, does that mean that even to either of us, as golds, the B seat is blocked by TS?
No, Golds can take over a TS block if the other passenger is Gold. One good reason to spread the news about TS is so that Golds are a bit more intelligent on their seat selection ideas - and not just try to get as near the front as possible. But if you were Silver in 10A then you probably won't get access to 10B. Plus, if every window/aisle seat is taken, someone putting in special pleading at the airport may well get 10B as a consolation seat (and they typically won't be a Size 9).
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Old Dec 8, 18, 12:57 pm
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As a Bronze, but with enough flights to hit Silver, would I have seats next to me blocked out? Asking as twice now, Iíve considered moving to get an empty seat next to me in CE, however EF has shown that seat as blocked (so I have stayed put and indeed benefitted from being Billy No-Mates
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