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Old 04-11-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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On the long flight from LAX to IAD (Washington Dulles) I was assigned to a aisle seat and once they shut the aircraft doors I noticed there were a number of empty rows so I moved to a window seat in a row all to my self. I told the man in the middle seat next to me that I was moving and he could take my seat so he could have some extra space between him and the man who was sitting in the window seat he did not know.

After I moved I noticed he was still sitting in the middle seat for the rest of the flight. This made me curious. Why wouldn't he move to the aisle so he could have more room and the man at the window could have more room too? If I were the man at the window seat I would insist that the stranger sitting next to him at the aisle move to the aisle seat I had given up.

In fact I noticed that even though there were a number of empty rows most people who were sitting in the middle did not move. Even if I were traveling with friends or relatives I would have moved to give myself more space?

Would you?
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Yes, as soon as I could...
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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On the long flight from LAX to IAD (Washington Dulles) I was assigned to a aisle seat and once they shut the aircraft doors I noticed there were a number of empty rows so I moved to a window seat in a row all to my self. I told the man in the middle seat next to me that I was moving and he could take my seat so he could have some extra space between him and the man who was sitting in the window seat he did not know.

After I moved I noticed he was still sitting in the middle seat for the rest of the flight. This made me curious. Why wouldn't he move to the aisle so he could have more room and the man at the window could have more room too? If I were the man at the window seat I would insist that the stranger sitting next to him at the aisle move to the aisle seat I had given up.

In fact I noticed that even though there were a number of empty rows most people who were sitting in the middle did not move. Even if I were traveling with friends or relatives I would have moved to give myself more space?

Would you?
I would move, too. But probably not if you presented the attitude that I've bolded above. Sorry, but you haven't the right to insist that I move.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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If I were the man at the window seat I would insist that the stranger sitting next to him at the aisle move to the aisle seat I had given up.

I would have told you to KMA
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:59 PM
 
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If I were the man at the window seat I would insist that the stranger sitting next to him at the aisle move to the aisle seat I had given up.
You might find you have far better results if you REQUEST they move.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I would love to have a row to myself. It'd be like finding a unicorn.

If the guy doesn't want to move over, he's entitled not to move over. Maybe he's superstitious or maybe he has a disability. If the guy next to the man sitting in the middle wanted the man in the middle to move over he could ask him himself. It's nothing you need to worry about. Just enjoy your extra flying space.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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On the long flight from LAX to IAD (Washington Dulles) I was assigned to a aisle seat and once they shut the aircraft doors I noticed there were a number of empty rows so I moved to a window seat in a row all to my self. I told the man in the middle seat next to me that I was moving and he could take my seat so he could have some extra space between him and the man who was sitting in the window seat he did not know.

After I moved I noticed he was still sitting in the middle seat for the rest of the flight. This made me curious. Why wouldn't he move to the aisle so he could have more room and the man at the window could have more room too? If I were the man at the window seat I would insist that the stranger sitting next to him at the aisle move to the aisle seat I had given up.

In fact I noticed that even though there were a number of empty rows most people who were sitting in the middle did not move. Even if I were traveling with friends or relatives I would have moved to give myself more space?

Would you?
Its rude to say to a person to move.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Maybe, like me , he hates aisle seats because of all the traffic from attendants, kids needing to go to the bathroom, food service. Middle seat with row to myself sound like heaven to me!
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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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.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Hard to say since I've not been on a flight that wasn't completely full since 1982.
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