The problem with theoretical seating

Old May 5, 19, 3:36 pm
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Old May 5, 19, 3:51 pm
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Perhaps the OP's phrasing could be more politically correct, but I think it raises a valid point - particularly for people who end up being slotted into exit rows. I'm almost always in the window or aisle of an exit row, but am always amazed by people who turn up and sit around me merrily putting baggage under the seat in front of them, not putting their seat belt on until told to do so etc. I always think "come on, if you're going to choose an exit row seat you really should know how to behave", but TS probably means that the exit row middles are blocked by GCH/SCH until the last possible moment, so we end up with people having no idea what they're doing (whether it's how to check in or not to store a hiking pole under the seat in front).

That said, I'd rather have an empty middle seat 50% of the time and have to put up with novices the other 50% of the time, than no TS at all...
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Old May 5, 19, 3:56 pm
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People seem to forget that historically they probably were that inexperienced and nervous flyer...

None of us were born with frequent flyer cards and impeccable preparatory skills.
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Old May 5, 19, 4:07 pm
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It is an interesting side effect of Theoretical Seating.

My experience of this is that I find myself with standby passengers taking the seat beside me. These can be staff passengers or people who have been rebooked following a misconnect.

If that person is in a group that has been spread around the cabin, there may be pressure to move to accommodate them.

I love an empty adjacent seat. I’ve never paid for one (not talking about the CE middle) so BA can do what they want with that seat. It’s not mine.
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Old May 5, 19, 5:00 pm
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I’m just waiting for a reply on this thread that mentions public transport and/or private jets...
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Old May 5, 19, 5:10 pm
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Easily solved, look on EF and select a seat that has been blocked out on there but is available for selection to Golds on BA.com, then youll be sat next to a frequent traveller who of course wont have been drinking a diuretic in the lounge beforehand and certainly wont want to get anything from their bag.

Alternatively, fly F when available or I hear JetSarter are doing a great trade (just for you fruitcage)
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Old May 5, 19, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet View Post
Fly on your own terms and try not to let the actions of others bother you and you will have a more relaxed experience yourself
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Old May 6, 19, 1:27 am
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Originally Posted by Deltus View Post
Perhaps the OP's phrasing could be more politically correct, but I think it raises a valid point - particularly for people who end up being slotted into exit rows. I'm almost always in the window or aisle of an exit row, but am always amazed by people who turn up and sit around me merrily putting baggage under the seat in front of them, not putting their seat belt on until told to do so etc...
This. It amazes me too how many folk in an exit row happily put their stuff on the floor and look amazed and often argue when the CC tell them they will have to put it all in the overhead bins. Logically they probably are the folk who did not OLCI or pre-select a seat and have no idea they are even in an exit row,

A few months ago a lady in the exit row next to me asked to move when the CC did their usual briefing as she had no idea she was in this row and did not want the responsibility in case of an emergency.
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Old May 6, 19, 1:34 am
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This. It amazes me too how many folk in an exit row happily put their stuff on the floor and look amazed and often argue when the CC tell them they will have to put it all in the overhead bins. Logically they probably are the folk who did not OLCI or pre-select a seat and have no idea they are even in an exit row,

A few months ago a lady in the exit row next to me asked to move when the CC did their usual briefing as she had no idea she was in this row and did not want the responsibility in case of an emergency.
That's the only problem I got so far. I always pick those when I get the chance and usually (75% of the time) the person in the middle seat will be a person who didn't specifically seek to get an exit row seat - or at least seem to be unfamiliar with it. It's fine though. Doesn't bother me. Sure, I wish I had an empty middle seat but I can't complain about this if I book Economy. Did have to point out bags to the CC discreetly a couple of times, not sure if that makes me the bag police
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Old May 6, 19, 1:55 am
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Did have to point out bags to the CC discreetly a couple of times, not sure if that makes me the bag police
No it doesn't make you bag police

When I see the overhead bins filling up fast I have in the past pointed out to fellow pax in the exit row that their stuff will have to go up so might be a good idea to do it now whilst there is still some room above them. The usual effect is they try and push it even more under the seat in front to hide it from the CC so I don't bother anymore
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Old May 6, 19, 2:21 am
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Originally Posted by Davidjonesk View Post
It is an interesting side effect of Theoretical Seating.

My experience of this is that I find myself with standby passengers taking the seat beside me. These can be staff passengers or people who have been rebooked following a misconnect.

If that person is in a group that has been spread around the cabin, there may be pressure to move to accommodate them.

I love an empty adjacent seat. Ive never paid for one (not talking about the CE middle) so BA can do what they want with that seat. Its not mine.
quite right. Like upgrades empty seats are a nice surprise not a right. Unless you buy the seat next to you too, BA can do what it wants with it!
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Old May 6, 19, 4:20 am
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Originally Posted by fruitcage View Post
Im just waiting for a reply on this thread that mentions public transport and/or private jets...
Good point! If you are travelling on public transport then you have a good chance of being seated next to a nice, normal human. My experience of PJs is that most occupants act like entitled twats.
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Old May 6, 19, 4:33 am
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So I love when TS gives me a free seat and yes Ive noticed some of those who do get put next to me are clearly not regular flyers (bags in the exit row the usual sign) but.....

I wasnt aware I am breaking some Golden rule not to pee on a plane? I am alone in preferring to pee while I dont have anything else to do rather than in my lounge time or delaying my arrival home by doing it at my arrival airport? Hadnt realised my toilet habits were so weird...
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Old May 6, 19, 5:14 am
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I would say that seasoned FFs are less likely to go to the loo on a flight than non-FFs. Do you really need to go on a one hour hop?

Just as once a year flyers are more likely to take ages at security (faffing around, not being ready to go), more likely to have loads of luggage - they are also more likely to exhibit less appealing behaviour on board (loud headphones, getting up and down, bringing smelly food on from the airport, have had a skinful in the bar).

Its not that Golds and FFs never do this. Theyre just far less likely to. And theyre less likely to be weirdos.
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Old May 6, 19, 5:26 am
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I would say that seasoned FFs are less likely to go to the loo on a flight than non-FFs. Do you really need to go on a one hour hop?
Based on what I read here, I'd say that many FFers are seasoned drinkers, many of whom will have filled up in the lounge and topped up on board. That would put them at the top of the toilet users, no?
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