I’m really curious how folks will respond to this question. I have a pretty strong opinion. But, I conducted a recent poll about whether I should check my suitcase or not on a trip. I was pretty surprised that the result came out essentially 50-50.
My wife and I were on a recent flight together. We were both supposed to be seated in first class on a United flight. When we woke up the morning of our flight, we were advised of a 6+ hour mechanical delay. We scrambled a bit but managed to get United to move us to a different flight out of a different airport and on a different airline. All in all, I felt pretty lucky to find two seats in first class on a flight out of DC on a Friday within a few hours of our original departure.
The only two seats left on that flight were window seats.
Here’s My Two Cents
My wife and I rarely travel together, just the two of us. We were looking forward to catching up on some television shows. Because of my travel we’re waaaaay behind on tv shows. But, there’s no way I would ever ask someone to switch from an aisle seat to a window in this situation.
There was a time where I would have asked someone to switch from an aisle to a window to accommodate being able to sit next to our children. I’m 100% certain that our 11-year old daughter could handle a 2-hour flight without a parent beside her. It’s not my first choice. I’m not sure how our 6-year old son would handle a situation like this.
I’m not certain I would ask an adult to move so we could sit next to our children in this situation. I recently read a situation about families getting split up when they clear upgrades. It made me think more about how I would handle similar situations. I’m pretty sure I would lean towards a downgrade in coach if I couldn’t get the kids next to a parent. I’d talk to my children and we’d make a decision together.
Now, if I had an aisle seat and Michelle had a window but we weren’t in the same row, I’d certainly ask someone if they would trade their aisle seat for mine. And, I’d be okay if they said no.
But, I don’t think I’d ask someone to change from an aisle seat to a window seat if it was just Michelle and I. Some might argue it’s worth asking someone, as they might not have a preference. That’s a valid argument. But, I still think I’d stay hands off.
What’s Your Opinion?
I hope you’ll take a moment to weigh in. What would you do in this situation? Please cast a vote in my Twitter poll and/or leave a comment below.
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