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SeatsMore Space on the Plane
Many planes have a 3-3 seating configuration (two sets of three seats separated by an aisle). If you’ll be flying with someone, then reserve the window and aisle seat in one set of three ahead of time. Middle seats are always the last to go, so if the flight isn’t full there’s a greater chance that the middle seat will remain empty and you’ll have more space.

If someone does sit in the middle seat, they’ll almost always be happy to switch to an aisle or window seat so that you can sit with your companion.



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7 Comments On "Travel Tip of the Day: More Space on the Plane"
  1. Jack Pray|

    I am a travel agent and I have done this practice for years for my clients as well as myself. I have had many of my clients call me or email me after their flights and thank me as the middle seat did not get occupied. I would say it happens at least 50% of the time in my experience.

  2. Karen Hill|

    We do this routinely. It used to work 80% of the time. Now, with fuller planes, it works less than half the time, but it is still worth a try.

  3. Marilyn B|

    Planes are so full nowadays, that I no longer do this, since it’s practically guaranteed that one of us is going to end up in that middle seat. Now I book 2 aisle seats so we can converse lightly if need be, but we each have a little room to stretch a bit.

  4. Anonymous|

    My partner and I do this all the time…..about 50% success rate for an empty middle seat.

  5. Ann|

    I’ve done this for years – it usually results in an empty middle seat. The other thing I do is request opposite aisles when traveling with someone who also wants an aisle, rather than arguing about who sits in the center.

  6. Nancy Reid|

    I have lucked out using this tip many times, however more recently the airlines are doing there best to fill every seat. I do love when we get to have that empty seat in between and use the method every time we fly!

  7. ls2900|

    I find it much more comfortable to reserve two aisle seats. You’re still next to each other and have access to the aisle and more leg room

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