A good friend of mine recently posted the below Facebook message, complaining that it was unfair to ask a single traveler to move seats just because a couple / family / etc. was not organized and did not pre-select their seats.
Granted, there are situations when flights are canceled / aircrafts swapped and a little compassion is warranted…though in many situations I agree with the comment above.
Well, Condé Nast Traveler has an opinion as well – “Don’t Give Up Your Seat”:
I am a courteous person. I hold open doors with a smile, slow down to let cars merge ahead of me, and never hesitate to give up a seat for anyone in need on a train or bus. But give up my seat on a plane? That’s a different story. And I’m not talking about getting bumped off a flight, but about being asked by a fellow passenger who wants to sit next to his wife/friend/business partner to give up my seat—often a seat that I’ve hunted down and snatched up after weeks of revisiting my reservation online—in exchange for another seat elsewhere on that big scary bird.
Check out their take here as well as an opposing opinion.