In another trip, although I had reserved an aisle seat I found myself sitting between two young men. I asked the man in the aisle if he would change with me, since I'd be getting up frequently, but he refused, saying he didn't mind. So, the three of us took our trips to the loo at the same time, like in nursery school.
Those aisle seats had cost the same as middle ones then. Now the airlines are milking more money out of the desperate passengers making seat switches much more complicated.
Joel Sharkey has written in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune about pressure being put on people who paid extra to give up their seats to those who paid less. I think it's totally outrageous, and wen the flight attendants join in on the pressure it's worse. Those who are put in that position should do two things:
- If they are willing to switch, then they should charge the other person double what it cost them. If having the better seat cost $20- then someone who wants it should pay $40 in cash to compensate. It's not like the one in the aisle seat or with more legroom won that better seat with the roll of the dice.
- Make it clear to the attendant that you paid for your seat and you expect the airline to respect and honor that purchase. Mark down the name of the employee who is harassing you to give up your expensive seat without compensation and report to the company after the flight.