“They screwed me!”
I’m sure you’ve heard someone say that!
When you hear that phrase, do you ever wonder, specifically, who “they”
is? Is it the government? “The man?”
Was it just one person? I
recently had this conversation on an airplane with an angry person (referred to
below as “AP”), honestly:
AP: THEY SCREWED ME!!
Me: Sorry, who screwed you?
AP: Them damn ticket people!
Me: What ticket people?
AP: Them stupid ticket people who always put me
in the middle damn seat!
Me: Did you speak to them about it?
AP: Hell no!
Me: Did you go on-line to choose a different
AP: I’m not using their stupid internet, they
charge for that don’t they?
It’s free. So if you just bought
the ticket without picking a seat or talking to anyone, you basically screwed
I wondered if maybe there was an agent working for the
airline whose job it is to screw you by giving you the worst seat
possible. I doubt it, but I’d really
enjoy that job if it does exist! I’d
call people up, “Greg, why do you think you deserve an aisle seat near the
The truth is, (with rare exception), the only person in
charge of where you sit is you! Last
year, I booked our vacation to Hawaii a full 12 months in advance (the direct
flight from Minneapolis to Honolulu is a hot ticket in February). I logged on to Delta’s website and chose my
seats 10 months in advance. There were
no surprises when I walked onboard the aircraft, my seats were exactly where I
expected them to be and they hadn’t been assigned to anyone else, thus, no
Now, finding a block of seats together can be rough. If you don’t have any elite status with the
airline, you won’t have too many choices and if you’re a family of 5 trying to
block some seats together can be tricky or impossible. If this is the case, I suggest calling the
airline as soon as you can prior to your arrival at the airport! Call in advance, they have seats that are
locked on the website that they may open up for you.
If you still can’t manage to get the seats you need,
here’s a tip; Find the person you want to switch seats with and offer to buy
that person a drink, snack, or some earphones or something, through the flight
attendant. Making that request through
an attendant will make you look super nice and I guarantee the level of service
you are provided will increase a bit.
Plus, you’ll get the seat you want for $5. As a passenger who does his homework and
picks his seat early, I’m not typically ready to just give it up, so don’t
make the assumption that all seats are the same.
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