Curtain Roulette?

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Old Apr 23, 19, 4:20 am
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Curtain Roulette?

Apologies if this is covered elsewhere...currently booked on a short-haul out of LHR, in ET on an A320.

I picked 3 seats in Row 13; we cannot take the exit rows in Rows 11 and 12 because (i) they seem to be allocated to the Club Europe cabin and (ii) we have a lap infant on the booking anyway, so an exit row is neither allowed nor practicable (much easier to keep a bag under the seat in front for easy access to baby stuff...).

Now we are still c. a month away from travel date, but ExpertFlyer is showing Club Europe back to Row 12 (consistent with BA MMB). Row 12 itself is showing 'blocked', but there are allocated CE seats already in Row 11, so it's clearly a busy flight in CE. Now...in the ET cabin, ExpertFlyer is showing all of Row 13 and Row 14 as 'blocked' except for our 3 seats in Row 13. Seems to be there's at least a risk of the CE cabin expanding again and getting kicked out of our seats?

Is that right? Should we just move further back now? I am absolutely not fussed where in the ET cabin we sit - travelling with 2 small children so will have checked bags, not be in any hurry on arrival, no spare hands for BoB catering etc. So it's absolutely immaterial where we sit.

Am I reading ExpertFlyer right here? I just want to avoid that we get kicked out of Row 13 and somehow don't get allocated seats together - that would be quite difficult as it's really best to have both parents present with the two kids.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 4:30 am
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Originally Posted by ratypus View Post
Apologies if this is covered elsewhere...currently booked on a short-haul out of LHR, in ET on an A320.

I picked 3 seats in Row 13; we cannot take the exit rows in Rows 11 and 12 because (i) they seem to be allocated to the Club Europe cabin and (ii) we have a lap infant on the booking anyway, so an exit row is neither allowed nor practicable (much easier to keep a bag under the seat in front for easy access to baby stuff...).

Now we are still c. a month away from travel date, but ExpertFlyer is showing Club Europe back to Row 12 (consistent with BA MMB). Row 12 itself is showing 'blocked', but there are allocated CE seats already in Row 11, so it's clearly a busy flight in CE. Now...in the ET cabin, ExpertFlyer is showing all of Row 13 and Row 14 as 'blocked' except for our 3 seats in Row 13. Seems to be there's at least a risk of the CE cabin expanding again and getting kicked out of our seats?

Is that right? Should we just move further back now? I am absolutely not fussed where in the ET cabin we sit - travelling with 2 small children so will have checked bags, not be in any hurry on arrival, no spare hands for BoB catering etc. So it's absolutely immaterial where we sit.

Am I reading ExpertFlyer right here? I just want to avoid that we get kicked out of Row 13 and somehow don't get allocated seats together - that would be quite difficult as it's really best to have both parents present with the two kids.

You're right to avoid the exit row with children - they have to be at least 12 to be able to sit in the exit row so that's a non-starter for many years ( ) anyway.

If you aren't fussed at all where you sit, then I would move further back now and that will take the concern away. Actually I think it's extremely unlikely that a CE cabin would go beyond Row 12 anyway - but if you really don't mind where you are, then why not move further back where there tends to be a higher likelihood of empty seats ?
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Am I reading ExpertFlyer right here? I just want to avoid that we get kicked out of Row 13 and somehow don't get allocated seats together - that would be quite difficult as it's really best to have both parents present with the two kids.
It would be rare for the curtain to go back further (though not impossible), so I think you're 95% plus OK there. But if you really don't want to be forced back and you really don't mind where you sit, then why not move now? You'd have more overhead luggage space, and depending on the destination you may have a rear door exit option too.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 4:45 am
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Also worth considering that if the curtain is at row 12 then your children will have a curtain to play with. Not always a good thing.

It can also make those seats seem more claustrophobic especially with a lap infant reducing the space further.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:08 am
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Personally, and as others have has said too, I'd move right to the back of the aircraft now rather than staying so close to the curtain. The rear seats are sometimes are the very last to fill up so you may possibly have less passengers down the back. If you've checked luggage and no rush to get off then I think that's the wisest thing to do at this stage.

With little ones you'll also be much nearer the toilets which may be pragmatic travelling with 2 young ones, and a view out the window well behind the wing is perhaps, from my own experiences as a parent quite good for keeping the older one occupied too.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:40 am
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Personally, and as others have has said too, I'd move right to the back of the aircraft now rather than staying so close to the curtain. The rear seats are sometimes are the very last to fill up so you may possibly have less passengers down the back. If you've checked luggage and no rush to get off then I think that's the wisest thing to do at this stage.

With little ones you'll also be much nearer the toilets which may be pragmatic travelling with 2 young ones, and a view out the window well behind the wing is perhaps, from my own experiences as a parent quite good for keeping the older one occupied too.
just bear in mind, that if you're on a densified A320, the back row has no windows, and the row in front has a misaligned window.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:42 am
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just bear in mind, that if you're on a densified A320, the back row has no windows, and the row in front has a misaligned window.
I wasn't specifically aware of that so thanks
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:47 am
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I wasn't specifically aware of that so thanks
they are being converted at the rate of 1 a week, so it's ever more likely
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Old Apr 23, 19, 6:54 am
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thanks all - all very valid considerations; Iím just going to move us down the back end now - makes a lot more sense on all counts
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