Curtain roulette - right to the back?

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Old Apr 17, 19, 11:37 am
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Curtain roulette - right to the back?

Just had a 'seat change for operational reasons' email which was interesting as it is still a long way off - the flight is not until December. We knew it was a gamble picking a row near the front but I am not sure why they moved us so far back! Maybe hoping some pax will pay for seats further forward?

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Old Apr 17, 19, 1:03 pm
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When you first selected seats, was the curtain still in front of row 11. I had occasions where my seat was changed by the system because of the curtain place change.
Be aware that the exit row is also empty.
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Presumably you are now back in 12C?
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Old Apr 17, 19, 1:23 pm
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On some services you would be well placed for a speedy exit (e.g. GLA and NCL).

I seen this too, generally if you leave it untouched overnight it may well put you further forward. But as the NEOs work their way through the fleet I wouldn't get too attached to any seat number just yet.
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I’ve had similar today as well, moved to row 15 with CE now expanded to row 12 despite not a single seat showing as taken in CE per ExpertFlyer. This is for a flight in Jan 2020.
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But why put us in row 26 with an empty cabin?
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Just change your seat selection back up to a row you prefer? BAís seating algorithm works in strange and mysterious ways.
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But why put us in row 26 with an empty cabin?
Look on the bright side, at least they kept you sat all together Very bizarre.
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Originally Posted by Takiteasy View Post
Presumably you are now back in 12C?
Well - no! I would, but my travelling companions like to have their bags with them, so exits and bulkheads are generally out.

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On some services you would be well placed for a speedy exit (e.g. GLA and NCL).
I seen this too, generally if you leave it untouched overnight it may well put you further forward. But as the NEOs work their way through the fleet I wouldn't get too attached to any seat number just yet.
Yes, not too 'attached' to any particular seat - just seemed a bizarre move in an empty cabin. And that's a good point about the rear exit if deplaning speed was the priority. The trip is to VIE - we've been before but I can't remember whether it is airbridge or bus, although I am not that bothered. Anyway, we are with a non-status pal, so anywhere forward is a rare treat for her - and a bit of T3 breakfast!
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Originally Posted by vintagepilot View Post
Well - no! I would, but my travelling companions like to have their bags with them, so exits and bulkheads are generally out.
I would get new travelling companions
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I get this happen too.
My theory was just that they donít want to keep moving the same people back multiple times.
So someone lazily wrote a rule that says if you get curtained you move right to the back, rather than keep edging them back, as they donít know how far the curtain will move.
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Is weight balancing part of the algorithm? If it is heavily booked up front that they need to move the curtain back...
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Originally Posted by vintagepilot View Post
Yes, not too 'attached' to any particular seat - just seemed a bizarre move in an empty cabin. And that's a good point about the rear exit if deplaning speed was the priority. The trip is to VIE - we've been before but I can't remember whether it is airbridge or bus, although I am not that bothered. Anyway, we are with a non-status pal, so anywhere forward is a rare treat for her - and a bit of T3 breakfast!
You can assume front door 1L airbridge only in VIE.
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You can assume front door 1L airbridge only in VIE.
Yes I'd say that's right. It's been at least a couple of years since I've experienced anything other than this on the VIE rotations.
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