Spacehog: How to keep the seat next to you open while traveling
With summer upon us, it’s time to get away. And you can’t wait to get away. So chances are high that you’ll be traveling by bus or plane at some point. But does the thought of being seated next to a rather “smelly” or robust or rambunctious person make you absolutely cringe? If so, employ some of these little tricks to make sure the seat next to you remains open. Sure, they might sound a little deceptive, but trust us, there are some true weirdos out there and you don’t want to start your trip off with an “incident.” Instead, kick off vacay early with relaxation time in your optimal seat real estate.
- If you’re in an open seat environment, grab a seat near the front. Sit in the aisle and stick a bag under the seat next to you. As the other passengers board, they’ll assume you have a buddy and that there are more empty seats in the back.
- Book an aisle seat as it will put you in prime position to make The Cabin Shuffle™. The Cabin Shuffle™: Once you are in your seat, look around for an open spot. As soon as you hear the flight attendants say that the doors have been locked, unbuckle and move quickly. Do not ask the flight attendants. Wait too long and someone else will take the empty. Strike as swiftly as you can.
- Put all of your carry-on luggage in the overhead bins. Even if a seat is open next to you, many passengers will continue towards the back of the plane if no overhead space is available. To be successful, bring the bulkiest possible carry-on luggage with you so that it will occupy as much overhead space as possible.”
- Grab a ketchup packet from a food vendor on the way to your gate. Once in your seat, take a ketchup packet and squeeze it onto a napkin. Stick it into your nose and close your eyes. If you open your eyes after the doors have closed and there is no one seated next to you, remove and enjoy! If there is someone next to you, avoid contact with your neighbor because you are now that guy – or do you?
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