Customers Are Choosing Airplane Middle Seats, Hoping Someone Will Sit Next To Them [Roundup]

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  1. If middle seats are the only free seats, I don’t bother reserving one. I may get assigned a window or aisle for free at check-in.

  2. they do that hoping nobody seats next to them, not that hard to figure it out
    when I travel with my wife or one of my kids we choose aisle and window and leave the middle empty so it is the last seat to go, and most of the time it owrks, and if it does not then someone moves to the middle and thats it

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  6. People choose the middle seat because it’s free. Notice the seats around them have small ticks in the corner, they’re probably extra cost. The middle seats are free.

  7. I sometimes pick the middle seat to discourage people from sitting next to me then switch again if I get a neighbor, up until boarding. I also dont mind the middle seat that much if my neighbors arent fat. Getting both arm rests is nice too.

  8. Re: middle seats on Delta, it is because that is the best chance for having an empty seat next to you. The window and aisle seats are both preferred, meaning they are selectable with premium status or for a fee.

    On most flights that are <95% full, there are not enough elites selecting both the window and aisle preferred seats (or some that do are upgraded to comfort+ or first class), and Delta will assign Basic Economy customers to every seat further back before assigning them to preferred seats. Unless there are a bunch of non-revs or the flight is 95%+ full, you are highly likely to have zero or one other person in that row, meaning you can leave the middle seat empty.

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