Last month I wrote about a reader who changed seats on a flight so a family could sit together — and they proceeded to sell his seat to another passenger for $100. Extra legroom seats come at a premium!
Last week I was waiting to board my flight from Dallas to DC and I was called up to the podium. I had an aisle seat in the third row of first class. Would I mind switching to the bulkhead? A husband and wife wanted to sit together.
American Airlines New 737 Domestic First Class
Now I really do dislike the bulkhead. I need to board quickly to ensure I get the overhead space that I need, though that wouldn’t be a problem for this flight as I was already at the gate before boarding commenced. I also don’t like having to store my laptop in the overhead.
But I’ve occasionally been the beneficiary of a seat switch, for instance on the flight home from my honeymoon I was bumped out of sitting next to my wife by an air marshal and happily other passengers changed with us. So I agreed.
While the agent was processing the switch, she told me that these people had already been seated together in the bulkhead and just didn’t like the bulkhead. There was an empty seat in row 3 next to me, so she moved one of them. And now by moving me she’d have them back together.
Wait a second…
They were already together, and I was being asked to move to the bulkhead (which I do not like) because they prefer not to have the bulkhead? She had to be kidding.
American Airlines Airbus A319 First Class
My jaw dropped and my neck crooked. The gate agent said, “you don’t have to do it.” I shrugged my shoulders and said you’re busy trying to get us out on time and you’ve already printed the new boarding passes, I’ll go ahead and take the bulkhead. It wasn’t worth ‘standing on principle’ over, the principle being are you kidding me??
I should have slipped this couple a note inflight directing them on how to make sure you can sit together on a plane. Except I realized they had already figured the answer out — just get a sucker to switch.