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Old 04-16-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'd like to know just what airline is flying these days with empty seats? I haven't seen an empty seat on an airplane in a number of years! I'd like to start booking on that airline-instead of the "packed like sardines" flights I've been taking.
It's not the airline. It's the route and the schedule. But open rows? Yeah, it's been a long time since I've seen that. Open seats do happen.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Last week, I had an open seat next to me on a 3 hour flight. Talk about nirvana!
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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Last week, I had an open seat next to me on a 3 hour flight. Talk about nirvana!
My daughter and I were flying a year or so ago and the window seat in our 3 person row was empty and we kept chanting close the door, close the door...we ended up with that extra seat . It's rare to have that though.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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My daughter and I were flying a year or so ago and the window seat in our 3 person row was empty and we kept chanting close the door, close the door...we ended up with that extra seat . It's rare to have that though.
I know it so well. What makes it worse for people like me is that I'm fairly tall and broad shouldered; add that to a job that required frequent air travel and
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:56 PM
 
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I would love to have a row to myself. It'd be like finding a unicorn.

I haven't had a row to myself since about 1998.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:52 AM
 
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I would have moved but maybe he wanted to start up a conversation with the man at the window seat, or he didn't want to be on the end with people walking by or maybe he was afraid the flight attendant would say something? Get back in the middle seat haha.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I don't know what airline you are flying but it has been YEARS since I've been on a plane and there were multiple empty seats. Empty rows? I agree Unicorn.

Literally years, since right after September 11, 2001.
last time that happemed to me was a few years back, I was going to Cabo and the Swine flu in Mexico scared the tourists off. There were 35 people on the flight that 10 days prior was fully booked. I asked the stewardess why it wasn't just cancelled, they couldn't because it was fully booked coming out of Cabo.

Pure bliss, hubbie had his own row and so did I right across from him. Flipped those arm rests up, removed my sandals and got real comfy for the 5 hour flight.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Last week, I had an open seat next to me on a 3 hour flight. Talk about nirvana!
I once took a long flight from Hawaii to the mainland and had three whole seats all to myself… the only drawback was that the reason for all the empty seats was that it was a 10pm flight which had been delayed until after 2am. And that airport terminal is not enclosed, so a lot of people rebooked instead of waiting it out like I did. The flight itself went by in the blink of an eye though because I slept solid until approach.

Every other time, it's just like everyone else said… packed out.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:09 AM
 
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I don't know what airline you are flying but it has been YEARS since I've been on a plane and there were multiple empty seats. Empty rows? I agree Unicorn.

Literally years, since right after September 11, 2001.
It does happen though it isn't common. I was recently on a flight from Ireland to JFK that was half empty (Aer Lingus). That was bliss for a 6 hour flight. I was also on a Delta flight last fall to Detroit where I had a three seat row all to myself. I forget where I flew out of but it was a short flight so I didn't get to fully enjoy the space!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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lol I was in the same situation last Friday on my flight back home. It was a full flight but somehow, luckily, the aisle seat was empty so i moved my middle behind to the aisle. I'm sure the girl by the window was equally thrilled
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