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View Poll Results: Would you switch seats so a family could sit together?
Yes I would move. 129 33.42%
Yes, but only if I could get a similar or better seat. 111 28.76%
I would consider it, depending on the circumstances. 119 30.83%
No I would not move. 27 6.99%
Voters: 386. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-18-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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And you are prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for a toddler randomly seated next to you?

I can't believe anyone thinks it's fine to kick a parent and child off the plane over this. You do realize that it's very likely the parent booked the ticket specifically requesting that they be seated next to their young child and they have no control over the fact that the airline changed the seat assignments?

I do think it's ok to make sure someone giving up their seat gets a comparable or better seat and isn't expected to move from a front of the plane aisle seat to a back of the plane middle. But I've never been on a plane where a couple of simple switches didn't sort it out, assuming people are reasonable and not ridiculous about it.
Most people including myself would be willing to switch, however, it doesn't mean the FA is right in saying the plane can't take off without putting the kid and the mother together. It is stupid and she has no right to make that decision. The benefit of the mother and kid should not trump the interest of all the other passengers, how matter how touchy feely you want to be about it.

In your example people were not willing most likely because the mother wasn't willing to give up her aisle seat and expected a better seat (or asking others to sit in her back/middle seat). Otherwise, it is hard to imagine the whole plane refused to do such a small favour when there was absolutely nothing to lose.

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Old 06-18-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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Assume that you are traveling alone, so that it doesn't matter who you are sitting next to. If the flight attendant told you that she is trying to seat a family together, would you move? If so, under what conditions?
Yes. My family's been on the receiving end of that kindness, so we pay it forward. The last time I flew, the attendant asked for two people sitting together to move for a mom and child. I had to sit next to my daughter so could not move. If it was just my husband and I, we would have moved.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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And you are prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for a toddler randomly seated next to you?

I can't believe anyone thinks it's fine to kick a parent and child off the plane over this. You do realize that it's very likely the parent booked the ticket specifically requesting that they be seated next to their young child and they have no control over the fact that the airline changed the seat assignments?

I do think it's ok to make sure someone giving up their seat gets a comparable or better seat and isn't expected to move from a front of the plane aisle seat to a back of the plane middle. But I've never been on a plane where a couple of simple switches didn't sort it out, assuming people are reasonable and not ridiculous about it.
You obviously aren't in Orlando as your home airport where sometimes almost everyone is flying with their family.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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Yes. My family's been on the receiving end of that kindness, so we pay it forward. The last time I flew, the attendant asked for two people sitting together to move for a mom and child. I had to sit next to my daughter so could not move. If it was just my husband and I, we would have moved.
I bet you wouldn't say that if you had paid extra to get a premium seat and they wanted to move you to one of the worst seats on the plane.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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I bet you wouldn't say that if you had paid extra to get a premium seat and they wanted to move you to one of the worst seats on the plane.
What's the difference between premium seats and regular seats, other than the price tag? Do you have more legroom or something?
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:35 PM
 
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What's the difference between premium seats and regular seats, other than the price tag? Do you have more legroom or something?
Often they have more legroom. They are usually in the front of the plane so you can get out faster. Some offer a wider seat. It varies by carrier.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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Often they have more legroom. They are usually in the front of the plane so you can get out faster. Some offer a wider seat. It varies by carrier.
Usually when I fly, it's for work, and I don't have the option of buying more expensive seats. I don't mind sitting in the back. I typically choose a window seat, and I wait until most people are off the plane before I get up, so further back is fine. I could rush off the plane ... only to wait at baggage claim like everybody else.

I'll pay for early-bird check-in or a better spot in the Southwest line, but over $50, no thanks. I fly out of O'Hare and pretty much anywhere in the contiguous 48 states is 4 hours away or less. I just deal with it.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:55 PM
 
Location: KYLE TEXAS
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This thread provides an interesting view into the mind of the average American: a whining, entitled, weak creature. Their ancestors once crossed the Atlantic in ships that sailed over for weeks, cramped to capacity, often suffering from storms and other adversities. The descendants of those people have a way to cross the Atlantic in just a few hours while WHILE SITTING IN COMFORTABLE SEATS AND PROVIDED WITH FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT . And they still whine and complain.
When did you last travel on a plane ..if ever ...?
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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This thread provides an interesting view into the mind of the average American: a whining, entitled, weak creature. Their ancestors once crossed the Atlantic in ships that sailed over for weeks, cramped to capacity, often suffering from storms and other adversities. The descendants of those people have a way to cross the Atlantic in just a few hours while sitting in comfortable seats and provided with food and entertainment. And they still whine and complain.
Our ancestors would have sold their slaves into more slavery for the chance to cross the Atlantic in the manner that we do, and would have spent the entire flight on their knees thanking God for his grace and bounty. If they could only see what we've become -- technologically advanced beyond anything they could imagine, but with the internal fortitude of a jellyfish.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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Usually when I fly, it's for work, and I don't have the option of buying more expensive seats. I don't mind sitting in the back. I typically choose a window seat, and I wait until most people are off the plane before I get up, so further back is fine. I could rush off the plane ... only to wait at baggage claim like everybody else.

I'll pay for early-bird check-in or a better spot in the Southwest line, but over $50, no thanks. I fly out of O'Hare and pretty much anywhere in the contiguous 48 states is 4 hours away or less. I just deal with it.
You assume that everyone checks baggage. My husband and I are leaving for a long weekend in California in a couple of hours. We have a 20" (wheels to handle) rolling bag, my smallish pocketbook, and a small laptop bag. That's it. No reason to be checking a bag. We have a 50 minute connection in PHX and he has a broken foot. We've asked for cart assistance, but there is no guarantee, so that extra five minutes could be the difference between making and missing the last flight of the night.
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