A while ago I wrote about a conundrum I faced on a flight with a passenger in seat 19A who decided that it was ok to drive the back of his seat into my knee. I posed the question, what you would do about it.
Now I pose another question. In this case it’s a passenger in seat 13J and instead of sitting behind them I am access the aisle on a 12-hour flight from London to Singapore – en route to Sydney. Here is the rub. I had planned to do a bunch of work on the flight – after all 12 hours without the internet or cell phone ringing is a gift that should not be wasted.
Here is the rub, there is no person sitting in 13K meaning that the person across the aisle from me has an open seat, while the seat next to me is full. So I asked the person sitting next to me the following questions:
I was wondering if you were planning on working on the flight?
It got a puzzled look, so I explained.
I was hoping to do a lot of work on the flight and the seat next to you is open. I was wondering if we might switch seats to I could use the open seat for workspace?
She looked at me, and then said that she had to think about it.
Then she tipped her seatback, put on her earphones and started a movie.
I guess it will take her some time to think about it.
How should I think about this?
What would you do either as the person sitting in 13J, with the open seat that she does not plan to use?
Or, me the person looking for the space. Was I rude to ask?
I just find it interesting how people respond and I have more often than not been happy to change seats so a couple could sit together that kind of thing. Am I a chump for doing this?
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