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Useful list of things to say when asked to switch seats

Old Jan 30, 09, 9:10 pm
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Useful list of things to say when asked to switch seats

  • "That's all right, I don't mind sitting here."
  • "Well I've already switched seats once and I can't be hopping all over the airplane!" (So I haven't really. So sue me.)
  • "I'm sorry, but my religion prohibits me from shifting my buttocks while the plane is pointed towards this compass point."
  • "Thank heavens! I don't care where your seat is, let's switch right away!" (They'll have second thoughts now...)
  • "Duh ... change ... seat ...?" (drool a little, and repeat after any further requests, no matter how many there are.)
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Old Jan 30, 09, 10:05 pm
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I request aisle seats because I have long legs and reserve them well in advance and really do not want to switch. That middle seat 34 rows back would be much more cramped and uncomfortable for someone my height.
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Old Jan 31, 09, 1:26 am
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Old Jan 31, 09, 1:57 am
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No thank you.
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Old Jan 31, 09, 8:27 am
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Old Jan 31, 09, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by Emeraldcity View Post
No thank you.
Ditto.

One valuable thing I've learned reading these seat switch posts here on Flyer Talk is a simple and polite "No thank you" answer is all that is needed here.

Anytime you respond with a reason why you don't wish to switch can sometimes open up additional unwanted conversation. You are not obligated to provide anybody with a reason why you wish to retain your assigned seat.
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Old Jan 31, 09, 9:51 am
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Old Jan 31, 09, 12:00 pm
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I just say 'No thanks i don't want to move'
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Old Jan 31, 09, 12:03 pm
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Old Jan 31, 09, 12:25 pm
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Old Jan 31, 09, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Cha-cha-cha View Post
  • "Thank heavens! I don't care where your seat is, let's switch right away!" (They'll have second thoughts now...)
I've got to say, that's the funniest and most original response I've ever heard.

Seriously, I think the response I use works fine:

"I'm sorry, but, no."
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Old Jan 31, 09, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Emeraldcity View Post
No thank you.
Originally Posted by ESPECIALROB View Post
Ditto.

One valuable thing I've learned reading these seat switch posts here on Flyer Talk is a simple and polite "No thank you" answer is all that is needed here.

Anytime you respond with a reason why you don't wish to switch can sometimes open up additional unwanted conversation. You are not obligated to provide anybody with a reason why you wish to retain your assigned seat.
Originally Posted by Peterpack View Post
I just say 'No thanks i don't want to move'
100% agreed. I normally book an aisle seat, as I don't really like looking out the window.

I know this will come across as mean and it's not intended, but I don't care if you and your traveling companion got upgraded and want to sit together or for whatever reason you (and anyone else your traveling with) didn't select seats in advance.
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Old Jan 31, 09, 1:14 pm
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I prefer the simple, no, thanks... people tend to accept that answer.

I book mine well in advance, and use aisle seats simply because it gives me more freedom, leg room part of the time, not to mention I sit in the first couple of rows in the cabin and don't want to give that up, unless it's an upgrade...
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