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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
I can't think of a good reason for anyone to ask anyone else for a swap. Or any good reason I should switch.
Serious issues, ..... should be directed at Airline staff, not at other pax.
Elderly relative with bladder issues and orthopedic injury misconnents and instead of window/aisle pair is stuck in the middle of 4 on TALT. Ready to accept “no” and/or offer money, they are pleasantly surprised when young dude on aisle switches before explanation finishes.

So grateful at kindness shown to parent that I been glad to able to pay forward this kindness. Personally, I would find having airline staff ask to be much more coercive.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
I can't think of a good reason for anyone to ask anyone else for a swap. Or any good reason I should switch.

Serious issues, like being separated from an elderly and inform companion, or a toddler, should be directed at Airline staff, not at other pax.
My family of 4 were in paid F on a flight from JFK to SLC and as I purchased the tickets somewhat close to departure the seats available were not all together, but F was only window and aisle. I don't think other single passengers wanted to sit next to my preteens, and I didn't think an aisle would mind switching for a similar aisle seat, so I asked and was accommodated by the passengers. I think it's fair to ask, but if they want to sit next to my kids have at it...
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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:58 pm
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I was in 4B recently. Nice lady in 4A asked if I would be open to swapping with her husband who was in 5A. I said it would be fine except I need to keep an aisle seat since I tend to get up a good bit and don't want to climb over the person in the aisle. She said she totally gets that. So husband in 5A is talking to husband in 5B. His wife is in 5C, and they all want to sit by spouses. So they ask me if I will go to 5C and let the couples occupy 4AB and 5AB. I said sure, even though in my mind I'm thinking...well shoot....now I'm at risk for having to eat the pasta instead of beef for dinner. So I said to myself....self.......do not allow yourself to create a first world personal problem and get your rear end up and go to 5C. So I said absolutely - perfect. Was resigned to eating pasta for dinner. Turns out there was STILL beef left for dinner when the FA got to me. So I guess being nice with seat swaps pays sometimes......
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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:59 pm
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It's not like there is a perfect system out there that will give everyone what they want. WN still has issues with people asking to swap seats and no one's got one ahead of time, so it's not just that airlines block seats for medallions, or they charge for seats, or whatever reason. So unless we're all willing to shell out at least 1/3 more per ticket and have the airlines not sell any middle seats, I think we're all just going to have to try to be reasonable and decent to one another...and even there could still be more demand for aisle seats than there are aisles available.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 6:22 pm
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Originally Posted by GMTmin8 View Post


Elderly relative with bladder issues and orthopedic injury misconnents and instead of window/aisle pair is stuck in the middle of 4 on TALT. Ready to accept “no” and/or offer money, they are pleasantly surprised when young dude on aisle switches before explanation finishes.

So grateful at kindness shown to parent have I been glad to able to pay forward this kindness. Personally, I would find having airline staff ask to be much more coercive.
It would be more appropriate, because your seating issues are between you and the airline, and the problem is yours and the airlines to solve, not to have a stranger fix for you. Sure, they may be willing, but there is no obligation there.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 6:24 pm
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I was in 4B recently. Nice lady in 4A asked if I would be open to swapping with her husband who was in 5A. I said it would be fine except I need to keep an aisle seat since I tend to get up a good bit and don't want to climb over the person in the aisle. She said she totally gets that. So husband in 5A is talking to husband in 5B. His wife is in 5C, and they all want to sit by spouses. So they ask me if I will go to 5C and let the couples occupy 4AB and 5AB. I said sure, even though in my mind I'm thinking...well shoot....now I'm at risk for having to eat the pasta instead of beef for dinner. So I said to myself....self.......do not allow yourself to create a first world personal problem and get your rear end up and go to 5C. So I said absolutely - perfect. Was resigned to eating pasta for dinner. Turns out there was STILL beef left for dinner when the FA got to me. So I guess being nice with seat swaps pays sometimes......
Actually, it sounds like a whole bunch of trouble that could have been avoided with a "no".
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Old Oct 19, 18, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
It would be more appropriate, because your seating issues are between you and the airline, and the problem is yours and the airlines to solve, not to have a stranger fix for you. Sure, they may be willing, but there is no obligation there.
Fine. Will you be upset when the airline unilaterally moves you? After all it's not an issue to involve you in.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
Actually, it sounds like a whole bunch of trouble that could have been avoided with a "no".
yes, you still have that option, what a country!
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Old Oct 20, 18, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
I can't think of a good reason for anyone to ask anyone else for a swap. Or any good reason I should switch.

Serious issues, like being separated from an elderly and inform companion, or a toddler, should be directed at Airline staff, not at other pax.
Well I've offered up my FC seat to a random person to be able to sit next my wife, but hey, if you're happier in Y than a FC seat, well, more power to ya I suppose.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Proudelitist View Post
It would be more appropriate, because your seating issues are between you and the airline, and the problem is yours and the airlines to solve, not to have a stranger fix for you. Sure, they may be willing, but there is no obligation there.
The airline/crew could probably give two shizzes. Then what?
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Old Oct 20, 18, 12:40 pm
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Old Oct 20, 18, 2:27 pm
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I generally don't mind being asked to swap seats, but unless I'm being offered another aisle seat in F that is neither the bulkhead or the last row, 99% of the time I will decline. I do have a problem with other pax telling me that I need to swap in order to accommodate them and then giving me attitude when I say no. The last time that happened, one of the couple wanting to stay together called me an assortment of unpleasant names for saying no. It was such a lovely experience. NOT.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Taz View Post
I generally don't mind being asked to swap seats, but unless I'm being offered another aisle seat in F that is neither the bulkhead or the last row, 99% of the time I will decline. I do have a problem with other pax telling me that I need to swap in order to accommodate them and then giving me attitude when I say no. The last time that happened, one of the couple wanting to stay together called me an assortment of unpleasant names for saying no. It was such a lovely experience. NOT.
I do think that the next time I'm asked the condition will be both another aisle seat and not on first or last row. I honestly don't really get the whole wanting to sit next to each other thing in the first place. My wife and I fly together a lot and almost always in F. She watches a movie and couldn't care less if I'm in the seat next to her or not. The people who wanted me to swap all watched movies, and you never would have known they even knew each other during the flight.
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Old Oct 20, 18, 4:06 pm
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So I was recently on a flight, assigned to a Comfort+ seat (can't remember which, but it was either on a 737 or A320) and when I got there 2 boys were sitting side by side, one in my assigned seat. So I start to ask if that's where they're supposed to be sitting (not making a scene or anything, I just figure there's some mistake) and the mom comes up and asks if I'd be willing to swap with her one son so the two boys can sit together. Not at all unreasonable. Except it turns out the son who was in my seat had a seat assignment in first class.

The guy right behind me shook his head and said, "how come that never happens to me?"

TL;DR version: sometimes switching seats works out quite nicely indeed!
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