Here’s a dilemma: Which airplane seat assignments should I choose if two people are traveling?
And the answer is….
“Assign an aisle and a window seat or two aisles if in the center of the plane or aisles across or aisles behind each other.”
The likelihood of the middle seat being taken is much lower than if you had taken the window and the middle, the middle and the aisle or the aisle and the middle.
Of course there are many different configurations of airplanes. So just adjust based on the answer above to the airplane in question.
If you’ve ever looked at the seatmap of a flight that’s going to a honeymoon destination or a beach destination that couples frequent, you will notice that the middle and the aisles or the middle and the windows are taken. That’s ’cause the couples want to sit next to each other; its the cuddle factor :-). Which is fine of course. However, you could get the row to yourselves if you took the aisle and the window seats :-).
If there are four seats in the middle its a little different, but leave the seat between the two of you empty or take the two aisles.
Or choose aisles behind each other.
Or aisles across from each other.
In all cases when someone shows up for that middle seat, just give them the aisle or the window since talking across them is really in poor taste.
I was just on a flight where the couple talked across me in the middle seat the whole time. I could even hear them talking while I dosed in the middle. They even passed the Time magazine across me.
I was also on a flight from Sydney, Australia (SYD) to Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR), a 14 hour and 20 minutes flight on a Boeing 777-200LR. The agent told the couple with the only empty seat on the plane between them that the seat will be taken would they like to sit together. They said no. So I got the middle seat. Which is fine by the way.
When I got on the plane, the flight attendant saw the situation and asked if they wanted to sit next to each other; they said no as they won’t speak to each other for the entire flight. Wrong! During the flight, they passed money, receipts, magazines, comments, immigration forms, you name it, they passed it over me. I guess I should have said something, but I was so tired I slept most of the way.
So don’t be a bad passenger, you can’t have it your way all the time.
What say you? What have you found in your travels?