From the “I still have a few things to learn” Department, I just picked up a genius middle seat saving gambit while flying SWA and its open seat…


From the “I still have a few things to learn” Department, I just picked up a genius middle seat saving gambit while flying SWA and its open seat policy.
I boarded Nashville-Albuquerque and noticed that the exit row (i.e. blessed legroom) was open – not the coveted aisle, but the also-coveted window. The aisle was occupied by a big burly guy, and my thinking was that no one wider than a toothbrush would want to sit between Goliath and me.
Now SWA has a policy of stationing a FA guard in one of the exit rows in order to police who sat there (see picture below). As passengers board and take the various seats, the FA guard is ping-ponged from row to row until policing is no longer needed.
And here is where the genius of said Goliath-person kicked in, and my schooling began. Gol tapped the FA on the shoulder, slid into the middle seat next to me, and asked her if she would like to stand in his aisle seat.
I panicked as I envisioned the next 2 hours sitting between a Gol and a hard place.
She said “sure”, and that’s when he uttered the magic words, “Just save my seat, please.” She nodded knowingly, and my lesson was complete. Now all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the show.
As the C-group began to board, with middle-seat-loser stamped on their faces, I watched as several of them lit up when approaching us. “Can I have that seat?”, they would expectantly ask the FA, not believing their good fortune that the exit row aisle was still open on a full flight.
“No, I’m sorry, it’s taken”, she would say, but did not give up by whom. Not only was Gol’s seat secure, so was the seat Gol was temporarily occupying – the middle seat!
Flying home on a Friday, fantastic. Flying home on a Friday with the exit row middle seat empty – priceless!
#GeniusFatMan


Denise Schickel

news you can use

Eno Georgette Inwek

I love your stories !

    Merv Jersak

    I love them too – most of them when I look back at them and can laugh again.

Merv Jersak

I love them too – most of them when I look back at them and can laugh again.

Carol Wieser

Luv how the ‘air’ angels are watching over you! Safe, comfortable travels!

Pam Wyess

Brilliant.

Margo Nash

Brilliant. Score one for Merv. And Gol!

Udayan Chanda

Too good Merv!

Hidi Lee

Yes, I still have a few things to learn!

Dena Fuentes

Oh honey…that one’s been around forever! Even I know that one

    Merv Jersak

    I’ve never seen it in action, with the FA in on the ruse …

    Dena Fuentes

    The good ones will do it. Then the not-so-good ones…well… we know about “those” people.

Merv Jersak

I’ve never seen it in action, with the FA in on the ruse …


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