Have You Ever Asked to Switch Seats With Someone on a Full Flight?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
July 22, 2009 1:56pm CST
I'm traveling to Washington state in a couple of weeks and I couldn't book three seats together. The kids and I are sitting behind each other but not next to each other. Have you ever asked people to switch seats with you? Did they respond nicely?
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@TrvlArrngr (4057)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I always volunteer to move if a family with kids needs to sit together. It does not really matter to me where I sit. On the other hand, when my kids were little and I would take them on flights sometimes we didnt have 3 seats together. One time this guy would not give up his aisle seat even though they had an aisle seat for him a few rows back. The stewardess told me to put my 2 little kids next to him and he would then want to move his seat. Everyone glared at him. He soon moved his seat. I would not want anyone subjected to little kids next to them in case they got sick or kicked them by accident. It is hard enough to travel with kids but when you cannot sit together it can be even harder.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I don't know if that is allowed. When we flew to Florida with the kids a few years ago we were not allowed to swap seats...even among us. I think it has something to do with studies and survival stuff if the plan go down. I will not explain more unless you want me to do so
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@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
23 Jul 09
I've might have asked once and had no problem. I've been asked more for me to change with them. I have never had a problem. If I'm traveling by myself and there are a couple traveling together and don't have seats together Its just the right thing to do and change seats with them. However I'm sure there are people who are superstition about this and wouldn't feel comfortable in changing their seats.
• United States
23 Jul 09
I went on a trip with me and my daughter but we never had a problem getting to sit beside each other. I thank goodness for that. It was the first flight me and my daughter ever took together. But I have traveled alone a lot to. And sometimes being on planes tense me up when they take off.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I have never flown but when I do... I hope that someone would be nice and if asked and it is a can do. I will be polite and considerate and hope that they will be too. It could really take the stress out of traveling.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I have asked before and I have also been asked. One time my husband and I wanted to sit together instead of front to back and the people switched with us. One time my mother and I were sitting together but someone wanted to sit with their child so we moved. Usually if it's for a kid they'll switch. Have a great trip!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I did ask on one flight to switch seats with an adult who was flying alone so we could move one of our kids up with us. The person was very kind about it and it worked out well. Enjoy your trip with your kids and hopefully a kind passenger(s) will switch with your kids so you can fly together.
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@Sir_bobby88 (8244)
• Singapore
24 Jul 09
Well i had never sit on a flight that is tottally full before yea lol
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• Atlantic City, New Jersey
24 Jul 09
Airline Seating - Picture of Airbus airline seating
I can honestly say I have never asked anyone to switch seats with me but for some reason EVERY time I fly somone asks this of me. Now its not that I mind getting up, that isn't it at all. I have a huge fear of flying and when I book my seats I always book the aisle seat to be as far from the window as possible. Now because of my fear of course I am always super early to my flight and am one of the first ones seated. Everytime I am seated no one in my row is there yet...they all board last minute and then ask me do I mind just scooting down to make things easier. This just ticks me off because who exactly am I making it easier for- certainly not myself since now I am stuck right by a window with bad nerves the whole trip. No lie this happened to me the last three time I have flown:(
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
22 Jul 09
I haven't asked to switch seats, but my mom did, more than once. I don't know if it's because or her age, but she never had her request refused:) I don't think there is any harm in asking, most people will understand , and even if they aren't willing to change, at least you tried. You might be surprised at how nice people are sometimes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. GO for it :)
@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
22 Jul 09
I often experience it. Thus I take advantage of this opportunity to chat with passengers who are beside me. I get a new friend. But if there are other passengers who want my seat, I certainly am happy.
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• India
9 Aug 09
Hello my friend gtargirl Ji, I remeber my maiden Flt to Miami by BA on night/morning of 21/22 September, 2003. I was with my hubby and MIL of my younger son. We boarded at IGI-Delhi. We found in centre row, where four seats are planned, I was at one side , then MIL of my Son, then another passenger and finally my hubby. So we requested that gentleman and he agreed without any hesitation. There was absolutely no problem. People are most accomodative nature. I do not think, you will have any problem. May god bless You and have a great time.
• Canada
8 Aug 09
This has never happened to me. The one time that I felw with my family we all booked well in advance, and sat together. The rest of the times that I've flown in my life, I've flown alone, so it really didn't matter where my seat was. All I asked was that I be seated next to a window.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Jul 09
yes and I got the window seat! yeah! But to the flights now we take dont assign seats!
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I have asked people to switch seat with us before; that was a full flight to San Fransisco, my husband and I were seating on the sides so we tried to ask the people that sits in the middle to switch with us and they responded nicely and switched with us, that was lucky! Because that was a very very long flight, I didn't want to not sitting with him for such a long time.
• United States
22 Jul 09
I always ask to sit next to the window. I have never been refused. Of course I haven't flown in years so it's hard to say how people are these days But I am sure if it means you are with your kids you should be fine. Hopefully the people you ask will be grumpy old farts that don't like kids anyway.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Jul 09
On a greyhound bus yes but not on a plane. But the guy refused to trade seats even though it was my 13 year old niece(who was pregnant at the time) in the other seat. I stayed up all night watching him cause I had a feeling that I shouldn't trust him I was across the aisle and one set of seats up so I had a hard time seeing most the time and got a neck ache..My sister was one seat behind but she fell asleep..So it was left up to me. I was tired the next day but it was worth it. What happened was there was 6 seats free and one that was together. My niece got on first then the man..which he could have chosen the other seats but didn't. He was asked by me and my sister to trade but he refused. I was glad I got a window seat not so I could look out but so I could sit half way caddy cornered so I could see my niece better.
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I have never asked or been asked, but I know I would switch seats if someone asked me. Especially if it is so they can sit by their family or friend. I know that some people have certain places they like to sit on a plane, but surely moving up one row or back one wouldn't make that much of a difference. I would ask. Have a good time!