Phantom Seat Changer?

Old Sep 16, 14, 4:15 pm
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Phantom Seat Changer?

I'm scrolling through my family's June 2015 itinerary every once in a while during moments of intense boredom and I just now noticed that 2 of our seats (the youngest members of the family) got moved to a different seat in the same row, which resulted in them sitting next to strangers. What the heck?

Is this a phantom seat movement? Or what is it? Have you ever encountered such a peculiarity on DL.bomb?
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Old Sep 16, 14, 4:26 pm
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Something similar happened to me last week except it wasn't months in advance, it was after check-in. I had booked a seat far in advance and still had the seat at check-in. I checked the Delta app before heading to the airport and noticed my seat had gone from window to aisle, one row back. Luckily I caught it and boarded another window seat but I thought it was odd. I asked a GA about it and they had no idea. It was not an equipment change or something along those lines.
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Old Sep 16, 14, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by RussianTexan View Post
I'm scrolling through my family's June 2015 itinerary every once in a while during moments of intense boredom and I just now noticed that 2 of our seats (the youngest members of the family) got moved to a different seat in the same row, which resulted in them sitting next to strangers. What the heck?

Is this a phantom seat movement? Or what is it? Have you ever encountered such a peculiarity on DL.bomb?
Nothing unusual, especially this far out. Planes get swapped out, and even if the same type, even a ship number swap can cause seats to change. There's nothing that can be done other then to keep an eye out for the changes.
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Old Sep 16, 14, 8:02 pm
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With a change of equipment beware sitting in the last row of First/Business
class or an aircraft using Door 2L the seating in the immediate area can be
all messed up due to the aircraft configuration.
If the scheduled aircraft has 4 rows of FC (737) and reverts to 3 rows (A320)
you are in for a surprise musical seating contest. Just hope that 4 seats
are empty pre-change otherwise someone is getting bumped !
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Old Sep 17, 14, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by RussianTexan View Post
I'm scrolling through my family's June 2015 itinerary every once in a while during moments of intense boredom and I just now noticed that 2 of our seats (the youngest members of the family) got moved to a different seat in the same row, which resulted in them sitting next to strangers. What the heck?

Is this a phantom seat movement? Or what is it? Have you ever encountered such a peculiarity on DL.bomb?
Probably a FAM issue, but I had my EC aisle seats changed 3 time in 4 days on a DTW to AMS flight next month. Really odd.

Best to make a hard copy of your seats to PDF to DL.
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Old Sep 17, 14, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingWithers View Post
Probably a FAM issue, but I had my EC aisle seats changed 3 time in 4 days on a DTW to AMS flight next month. Really odd.

Best to make a hard copy of your seats to PDF to DL.
Why? DL doesn't promise you a certain seat, even with selecting a seat before departure. In some cases they may have even moved you because of required re-seating of a FAM, a disabled person, etc. You may have even changed seats at one point and then decided to switch back, but it's no longer available. A printed PDF does nothing to get you that seat back.
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Can you say "Skymarshall"?
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Old Sep 17, 14, 8:51 pm
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Sky marshall taking his window seat? Highly unlikely!
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Old Sep 17, 14, 9:08 pm
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Sky marshall taking his window seat? Highly unlikely!
Taking a WINDOW seat - absolute ZERO for job performance.
ALWAYS AN AISLE seat !

A sudden trumping of your seat by a Sky Marshall can not be challenged !
Never select an aisle seat in back of the First/Business cabin unless it is the
very last seat and then - - - expect the worst when the GA calls you up for
a little chat.
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Originally Posted by FlyingWithers View Post
Probably a FAM issue, but I had my EC aisle seats changed 3 time in 4 days on a DTW to AMS flight next month. Really odd .
Originally Posted by OKDiamond View Post
Can you say "Skymarshall"?

I wouldn't think it was a FAM or sky marshal when the flight isn't till next summer.

Originally Posted by RussianTexan View Post
I'm scrolling through my family's June 2015 itinerary ...
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Old Sep 18, 14, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by twtrvl View Post
I wouldn't think it was a FAM or sky marshal when the flight isn't till next summer.
A FAM or SM booking 6 months out - terribly unlikely - it has to have something
to do with computer seating playing musical seating roulette.
First you have a plane with 20 FC seats then 16 and now 12 and then
back up to something else - would most likely happen between 737 and
A320/319 aircraft and also MD88 MD90 and the B717 aircraft and not so
much with the others in the fleet.

At least with 6 months of lead time to watch and check periodically to
see the musical seating unfold - there is time to stop the music and
see the real seating. The last minute change due to a FAM or SM just
can't be forecasted.

As for a FAM while viewing and checking the crew from afar; last row back
in the cabin - often they want to be in row 1 or 2 in proximity to the galley
to check on what's cooking there.
Can't very well check on the cookie thieves or shena's with the snack basket
from the back of the cabin. LOL !
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Old Sep 18, 14, 8:38 am
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I've always believed that the traditional FAM seat on a narrow body aircraft was 2B.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I've always believed that the traditional FAM seat on a narrow body aircraft was 2B.
I spotted one in 2C before. He stuck out like a sore thumb.
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Old Sep 18, 14, 4:14 pm
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I got moved from 3A to 2D on an E175. No change of equipment, just change of seat. Turned out to be very lucky break. We made the rare LGA approach that goes up the Hudson River all the way to GW Bridge, making for superb views of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, including Yankee Stadium. The person in 3A got to see New Jersey.
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