The Crumpled Up Tissues Trick For A Free Extra Seat On Southwest Airlines [Roundup]

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  1. It’s one thing to try the no eye contact approach, but all of these blatantly deceptive tactics to attempt to keep the middle seat are not ethical travel etiquette.
    My wife and I sit on the aisle, and the window. I think many folks think we do that to keep the middle seat clear because we are often asked if one of us would like to move by someone choosing to claim the middle seat. My thought has always been, why would we, we have sat in our chosen seats, and we are done.
    We do make it a habit to not pass things back and forth. We actually tend to text each other if we need to pass a messsage rather than talk over the person in the middle.
    Having that middle seat clear is. Ice, a creates extra room, but we should really stop sharing people’s dishonest attempts at keeping that seat open. We all paid for a seat whether we get on first, or last.

  2. You know you’re in trouble when you yearn for the good old days of Alex Cruz.

  3. The production of military aircraft in the USA during WWII was amazing. Other production for the military at that time was also amazing.

  4. Crumpled tissues or a barf bag are so unimaginative. How about a a lookalike vomit or spilled liquid prop?

  5. I would submit that Southwest should assume people will be unethical, and tailor their boarding process to account for this reality. It really doesn’t make sense to let the unethical people get the best seat assignments.

  6. Can’t wait til they institute assigned seating. That’ll eliminate the wheelchair scammers too.

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