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OK to ask potential seat mate whether s/he's vaxed?

Old Apr 27, 21, 6:31 pm
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OK to ask potential seat mate whether s/he's vaxed?

We will be flying Southwest in two weeks and are fully vaccinated. My husband likes the window seat so I end up in the middle. Wondering if there is any protocol about asking whoever takes the aisle seat if they've been vaccinated?
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Old Apr 27, 21, 6:59 pm
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No and if you ask me I'm not giving you that information. If it is that concerning to you, go all the way to back of the plane, and take a window and an aisle. The odds of a single wanting to sit between two strangers is slim, especially at the very back of the plane.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 7:10 pm
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If you are vaccinated, why would you care if anyone else was? You are all going to wearing masks the entire trip.
What if they say no? What difference would it make, its not like you get to interview suitable candidates to sit next to you.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 7:58 pm
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It would be extremely invasive to ask. Don’t do it.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 8:12 pm
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Get over yourselves. I've had the vaccine and don't care who knows.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 9:28 pm
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If you really just want to know, strike up a conversation and ask naturally and in a friendly way. If you want to start something or make a statement (instead of just knowing the answer), it seems best to me to not saw anything. It is not clear what benefit knowing this information would have for you.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 10:13 pm
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Best approach is to smile and say that you're both vaccinated. Maybe the person will reply and give you the information, maybe not. Either way you are safe.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 11:39 pm
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I would have no problem with someone asking me that, but I could see a certain group of people getting very upset with that question...
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Old Apr 28, 21, 2:09 am
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Originally Posted by doc4science View Post
I would have no problem with someone asking me that, but I could see a certain group of people getting very upset with that question...
And would you want to be sitting next to said person in an inflamed state for hours? If you keep the focus on yourself and not on others, your trip will be much more enjoyable for everyone involved 😎
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Old Apr 28, 21, 3:07 am
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The vaccine doesn't prevent you catching Covid. It stops you dying from it and turns it into one of many irritating seasonal infections. Move on
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Old Apr 28, 21, 3:35 am
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There is a protocol: Buy yourself an extra-seat or myob.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by MarianR View Post
We will be flying Southwest in two weeks and are fully vaccinated. My husband likes the window seat so I end up in the middle. Wondering if there is any protocol about asking whoever takes the aisle seat if they've been vaccinated?
What are you gonna do if s/he says no?
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Old Apr 28, 21, 6:14 am
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Originally Posted by EAJuggalo View Post
No and if you ask me I'm not giving you that information. If it is that concerning to you, go all the way to back of the plane, and take a window and an aisle. The odds of a single wanting to sit between two strangers is slim, especially at the very back of the plane.
In general sitting at the back is not the best strategy to try and get an empty middle, the middle of the plane is your best bet, you get some people who take middles in front to be in the front, and others get to the back and are stuck taking a middle because they don't/can't go back forward easily.
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What are you gonna do if s/he says no?
Right. If you're not comfortable sitting next to someone who is not vaccinated, I don't think flying Southwest is right for you.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 7:07 am
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Why would you think that some random stranger will answer the question truthfully? I wouldn't believe the answer, whether it's yes or no.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 10:42 am
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if you mention that you've both been vaccinated and they reply like some of the previous posters or don't mention their status, then you'll have the answer to your question. I don't see harm in doing that much.
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