Posted August 2nd, 2008, 08:32 AM
Last edited by ducklite; August 2nd, 2008 at 08:33 AM
Here's what you should do:
Tell your kid that if they try to seat you separately, go to you seat and start crying. The flight attendants will have you seated together faster than you can say "the cabin is cleared for departure"
Yes, it's evil... evil but effective.
It's actually not always effective.
If the rest of the plane is primarily families, they might not be able to move people around. If the flight comes in late and they are trying for a quick turnaround, they won't be bothered.
And now that more and more carriers are charging extra for preferred seating, it gives the FA's a much smaller pool of potential seats to try and move around. People who paid a premium for a "good" seat aren't going to give it up--and rightfully so.
Telling a child to purposely cry or spill something on the person next to them is not only encouraging poor manners, but is also encouraging air rage.
I've seen families split up with kids all over the plane, and that was the end of it. Unless the child is below school age, more and more the FA's are telling people that they will have to ask others to switch, rather than the FA's getting involved.
I fly quite regularly, and see it all the time. The key is to offer your window or aisle seat in exchange for their middle seat. Do not expect people in a bulkhead aisle seat to trade for your middle seat in a non-recline row, it's just not going to happen. You need to sacrifice the good seat to be able to have your child next to one of the adults, and be happy with that. The other adult can certainly manage alone during the flight.
That said, usually the reason people are split up is that they didn't book seats when the flight was booked--usually by a third party, or they missed an earlier flight or connection. If you book yourself, select your seats, and then check every week to make sure those seats are still yours and address it immediately if they aren't (which can happen with an equipment change) you should have no problem sitting together.