Would you switch seats?

Malaysia
November 21, 2017 7:20pm CST
You could be the one asking, or being asked, to switch seats with another person. Or you've probably been on both sides. In the plane, bus, restaurant, classroom, whatever (although it does seem to happen more often in the airplane), for different reasons. There's the "Yeah! Sure!" kind of people who would happily swap seats when asked and there's the "Uh, I think I'd rather sit here, thanks" kind - also for different reasons. Would you switch seats if asked, and would you ask others to switch seats with you? If you've experienced the situation, how did you and the other party react?
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25 responses
@YrNemo (8455)
22 Nov
On airplanes, people didn't mind switch seats with me and my kids, so that we could sit together, or for the kids to have the window seats so that they could ooh and aah appropriately at the right time. (Same on the trains and buses, people have been very nice when we travel together in a group. We didn't even need to ask, those people were nice weren't they!)
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
That's nice. I've been fortunate too, no one I asked had any problems switching seats with me. I think people in general understand when parents ask to switch seats so they could sit together with the kids especially if it's a long distance travel.
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@YrNemo (8455)
23 Nov
@cahaya1983 I offered a lady in her late 70s today, if she would like to have my seat for her husband so that the two could sit together. She smiled, shook her head, saying something like, 'no, he has heart problem, I don't want him to be excited!' I thought lots about that answer. What did she mean really? Perhaps if he sat next to her on that bus, he would get too excited? (how do you think?)
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
@YrNemo Haha that's actually kind of adorable! I don't think I could hold back a giggle if I hear that sort of reply. I think she's just taking precautionary measures.
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@andriaperry (32926)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Nov
I get motion sick easily and I have to have a window seat. Once I got a center seat and I asked after take off could I take a window seat and the lady told me yes. This woman heard me and as soon as we were in the air she got up took the seat I asked for and closed the window..
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
That's so mean. I don't understand why some people would do such a thing for no reason. Not like she cared about the window seat anyway right, since she closed the window? Were you okay though during the flight?
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@maezee (27764)
• United States
22 Nov
I guess it depends on the situation. I love window seats in planes so I would not switch that one lol
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• Malaysia
22 Nov
Most coveted seats in the world, I would say.
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@sharon6345 (110238)
• United States
22 Nov
I will and have
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• Malaysia
22 Nov
No drama there, I hope.
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@ilocosboy (33256)
• Philippines
22 Nov
Maybe if a senior should really use my seat I would gladly say yes.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
What about if a couple asks you to switch seats so they can sit next to each other? Does it make a difference?
@ilocosboy (33256)
• Philippines
23 Nov
I will gladly obey for them.
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@sjvg1976 (14527)
• Delhi, India
23 Nov
I will do that but it depends . If the person has some health issue I will do it for sure but for other reasons I will think twice.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
So if a group of friends come and ask you to switch seats just so they could sit together, you would refuse?
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• United States
22 Nov
I wouldn't do it if the other person thought my seat was better, but two people wanted to sit together or it would help a parent, then yes I would do it.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
I agree, I wouldn't mind at all if it means accommodating some people, like parents and their kids. But I know that some people refuse to do that in the airplane because they paid extra for a premium seat.
22 Nov
It depends on the person and the situation.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
That makes sense. There are different reasons why people would ask. Not all are acceptable, I suppose.
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@nangayo (2301)
• Nairobi, Kenya
23 Nov
Also depends on how they approach me. Some might be so rude that you do not agree.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
@nangayo Oh yes definitely.
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@Kandae11 (26790)
22 Nov
If there is a good reason - then I would switch.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
That's good, have you asked others to switch seats with you before?
@shaggin (26697)
• United States
22 Nov
It depends on why I was asked to switch seats but most times I would not mind.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
I understand. I can't recall ever refusing to switch seats. I think most people have a good reason for asking.
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@lady1993 (15542)
• Philippines
22 Nov
i do not remember anyone ever asking me to switch seats with him or her.. but luckily when i ask others to switch seats with me they do not complain
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
That's good, I think most people don't really mind unless it's a special seat that they paid extra for. So far nobody refused when I asked.
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• Philippines
22 Nov
There was this one time in the free consultation clinic that the Pharmacy was promoting. It was my turn to this doctor when this annoying middle age lady asked me permission to change doctors and tried to persuade me but I ignore her. But I did what she asked me. I don't think people here will switch seats with you.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
I wonder why she decided that last minute. If there's a good reason I probably would switch seats but unfortunately some people ask to do that just because they think they're somehow entitled to it.
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@bunnybon7 (33027)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Nov
I am usually the one asking on a plane. I don't want to be by a window. too scary but on a bus, I have often been asked and done so. no problem
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
Oh really? Interesting, I've always thought people would fight to get window seats!
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@AmbiePam (46152)
• United States
22 Nov
I usually agree to switch seats, but I have never asked to switch seats. I hate putting people out.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
I would ask only if I have a good reason to, and I've never said no to others wanting to switch seats with me.
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@peachpurple (10922)
• Malaysia
22 Nov
I could allow that
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
Nice of you to do that!
@Hannihar (12491)
22 Nov
There are certain people in this country that will not sit next to a woman on the bus and also heard on a plane that people were asked to move to a different seat because someone would not want to sit next to them.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
Do you mean men not wanting to sit next to a woman? So it's the norm there?
@Hannihar (12491)
23 Nov
@cahaya1983 Yes that is what I mean Cahaya.
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• Malaysia
23 Nov
@Hannihar If that's a local culture that is socially acceptable then I suppose most people would understand, although maybe to foreigners it may seem unusual.
@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
1 Dec
it depends. if iit is my son requesting, i would gladly give my seat to him; otherwise if other people, i will stick to my own seat
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• Malaysia
1 Dec
Oh yes I wouldn't have problems switching seats with family members either. But if it's a stranger asking I think it depends on what the reason is.
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@ridingbet (37892)
• Philippines
2 Dec
@cahaya1983 i always like to stay at the wondow's side. if i am at the center, i can watch TV on board.
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@averygirl72 (13730)
• Philippines
2 Dec
I always like the seat near the window in airplane and bus. I would request a seat near the window and if they allow me I'm happy sometimes they also like that seat so I give way to them
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• Malaysia
3 Dec
Window seats are the best, but now I just let the kids have them especially on the plane, so they can enjoy the view.
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@yanzalong (8657)
• Indonesia
27 Nov
It happened to me several times. It was because she wanted to be next to her husband, who was next to me. So, I agreed and understood how a woman wanted to be next to her husband in a public transport.
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• Malaysia
27 Nov
Yes it's polite to let a married couple sit next to each other, I wouldn't mind at all.
@jstory07 (58289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Nov
It does not brother me to switch places with others,.
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• Malaysia
25 Nov
That's nice. I wouldn't mind either, if there is a good reason.