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Old Jan 9, 2016, 2:50 pm
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A thread making {gentle} fun of the anonymous "Don't You Know Who I Am" (DYKWIAs) we run across in our travels.

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Old Apr 18, 2023, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by SS255
Crew member: “Sir, please take your assigned seat.”
Poacher: “No, thanks. I’m good.”
Crew member (on the intercom): “Folks, we’re ready to close the doors. But, we have one passenger who refuses to take his assigned seat. I’m afraid we can’t leave until everyone is seated in their assigned seat. We’re going to have to sit here until the passenger complies with crew instructions, or exits the aircraft. I realize that many of you have tight connections. I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll provide another update once we’re airborne.”
Passengers: “Come on, man!” Groans. And, four-letter words that are against Flyertalk’s T&C’s.

Public shaming 101.
I wish this had been on my flight. He would have been escorted off the aircraft. No way I would tolerate that sort of nonsense.

Originally Posted by iluv2fly
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I question her unilateral power to do so. Pick your battles. Would you have wanted an hour-ish delay for that? I agree that this douche should be taught a lesson, but not to the detriment of the other 200 or so pax who could be effected.
I've learned that this behavior typically leads to more, and all too often once we are airborne. I now have a "nip it in the bud" policy and will offload anyone not following crew orders, regardless of the delay. It's just not worth risking an issue once we are in the air.

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Old Apr 18, 2023, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by Gberg
FA asks if I’ll take another aisle (no problem).
There is no way in *hell* I would have taken another seat based solely on principle and this tool’s attitude alone. You must be more patient than me.

People like this guy in your seat make my blood boil. I know the flight attendants have a tough job out there but in this case all they did was enable this type of behavior.
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by 757FO
I've learned that this behavior typically leads to more, and all too often once we are airborne. I now have a "nip it in the bud" policy and will offload anyone not following crew orders, regardless of the delay. It's just not worth risking an issue once we are in the air.
Totally. It's like dealing with children, students, pets, or anyone who won't follow reasonable rules: once they learn that they can disobey with impunity instructions to comply with one rule, they feel empowered to violate any rules and disobey any instructions they choose.
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 12:11 pm
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This thread is why every customer entering the airport should be assigned a fully charged cattle prod with instructions to use it on people doing stupid or obnoxious things - starting with seat poachers who refuse to move to their assigned seat.
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 2:30 pm
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by SS255
Crew member: “Sir, please take your assigned seat.”
Poacher: “No, thanks. I’m good.”
Crew member (on the intercom): “Folks, we’re ready to close the doors. But, we have one passenger who refuses to take his assigned seat. I’m afraid we can’t leave until everyone is seated in their assigned seat. We’re going to have to sit here until the passenger complies with crew instructions, or exits the aircraft. I realize that many of you have tight connections. I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll provide another update once we’re airborne.”
Passengers: “Come on, man!” Groans. And, four-letter words that are against Flyertalk’s T&C’s.

Public shaming 101.

...or even better:

Crew member (on the intercom): “Folks, we’re ready to close the doors. But, Mr./Mrs. [passenger's full name] is refusing to take their assigned seat, [seat number]. I’m afraid we can’t leave until everyone is seated in their assigned seat."
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by 757FO
I wish this had been on my flight. He would have been escorted off the aircraft. No way I would tolerate that sort of nonsense.
FAR 91.3 in action. Can I be on your flight?
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by 757FO
I wish this had been on my flight. He would have been escorted off the aircraft. No way I would tolerate that sort of nonsense.

I've learned that this behavior typically leads to more, and all too often once we are airborne. I now have a "nip it in the bud" policy and will offload anyone not following crew orders, regardless of the delay. It's just not worth risking an issue once we are in the air.
Heck yeah. The one passenger I've had booted off of a flight of mine (after he tried poaching someone else's seat and groping my thigh during boarding) was arguably less of a threat. First FA I did the "he's drunk, high or both and one of us is getting off this airplane" speech to told me to wait in the galley and they'd find someone else for him to inappropriately touch trade seats with me. Fortunately second FA in the galley overheard and was like "Not dealing with this on a red eye. I'll get the captain" -- who took one look at the guy and promptly summoned the gate agent. Only took four tries before he and all of his belonging were completely evicted from the aircraft.

Both FAR 91.3 (or 121.533 as the case may be) and 121.575(C) in action in my case.
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 3:51 pm
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“Should I have the FA come over and help you to your seat” worked for me the one time I’ve had to use it since learning it here on FT.
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Old Apr 18, 2023, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian
There is no way in *hell* I would have taken another seat based solely on principle and this tool’s attitude alone. You must be more patient than me.

People like this guy in your seat make my blood boil. I know the flight attendants have a tough job out there but in this case all they did was enable this type of behavior.
We were already delayed and didn’t want to put up a fight (especially given I would have to interact with FAs for 8 hours). But yes - insanity, and a first for me.
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Old Apr 19, 2023, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by Gberg
We were already delayed and didn’t want to put up a fight (especially given I would have to interact with FAs for 8 hours). But yes - insanity, and a first for me.
How was your service from the FA who shamed you during the flight?
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Old Apr 19, 2023, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by MatthewLAX
How was your service from the FA who shamed you during the flight?
Surprisingly okay. He and the three pilots who swapped out all addressed me by name and he was attentive.

Only non-FA issue other than seat was for whatever reason UA caters breakfast on EWR-LIM for arrival (even though the plane lands 9pm…so everyone was growling about the meal and asking why we were getting eggs, sausage, and coffee vs a proper dinner.)
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Old Apr 20, 2023, 12:48 am
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Originally Posted by Gberg
Surprisingly okay. He and the three pilots who swapped out all addressed me by name and he was attentive.

Only non-FA issue other than seat was for whatever reason UA caters breakfast on EWR-LIM for arrival (even though the plane lands 9pm…so everyone was growling about the meal and asking why we were getting eggs, sausage, and coffee vs a proper dinner.)
That's how UA caters INTL - breakfast for landing.

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Old Apr 20, 2023, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by DELee
That's how UA caters INTL - breakfast for landing.

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It would be interesting to know why/how UA decided on that.

Maybe UA decided on two-meal flights lunch/dinner is one service and breakfast (whether or not it makes sense) will be the other.
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Old Apr 20, 2023, 7:26 am
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH
It would be interesting to know why/how UA decided on that....
It's real simple: the cost of goods for breakfast is way lower. As someone flying in America, where the airline business is an oligopoly, you get what you get.
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