Would you take a $100 bribe to switch seats?

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  • emanon256

    Many people, my self included, pick seats using websites like seatguru.com or based on previous experiences. We also set alerts to see when a particular seat opens up so that we can request it. Many seats have unique differences, different views, different storage, etc. that may not mean something to open person, but might mean something to another. I think its very reasonable to want a particular seat, and to not be wiling to trade it, even for $100.

  • John Baker

    Personally, I love the bulkhead. I would have swapped without the $100. Here’s another thought… If it was toward the back of the FC cabin on the aisle, its possible that Goldberg was moved for a reason. I’ve been on flights with our “friends” from DHS. They like aisle seats at the back of the FC cabin (plus aisle throughout the EC). When the airlines are advised that one, or a team, of our DHS “friends” are flying, they have to clear the required seats even if it involves bumping people.

  • Carver Clark Farrow

    The $100 is a red herring. The man who offered it was a jerk for being upset. The guy in the seat had a choice to relinquish his seat or not. There are legit reasons for changing seats. Family with small kids, etc. But the rich guys personal desire is not one of them,. Offering money doesn’t increase the rich guys non-existent right to have a swap.

  • emanon256

    Actually I would have done it for $100 too in that case, I love the bulkhead too. On my last flight home before I stopped traveling weekly for work I splurged and paid for first class. I booked 1B on a 757 which is the bulk head aisle, it can view the TV easily, the AB side has a cut out for extra leg room, and no one can recline into me. I don’t like 1A at night because I can’t see the TV (but would choose if if it was a scenic day time flight for the view). I consider 1A&B the best seats on the plane. Also, 1 EF have horrible leg room, worse than regular economy. Some kid (early 20s maybe) approached me and asked if I would trade for 4A and I told him no thanks. He then told me that him and his girlfriend just paid a whole lot of money to upgrade and got stuck in separate seats (She was in 1E and he was in 4A) and that it wasn’t fare and I need to trade since I am traveling alone. I told him that I reserved this very specific seat far in advance for specific reasons and wasn’t willing to trade. He went on saying that a window is better than an aisle, and that no one wants bulkhead, its the worst and row 4 is much better. I told him I disagree and if he has a problem, he can talk to the FA. He then went off on me stating that never in his life has someone refused to trade, and then started calling me a selfish A** H***. I picked up my book and began reading trying to ignore him, he then got an FA who told him to take his seat. Every time he walked by he called me names. It was quite immature, and really did upset me. I just don’t udnerstand the nerve of some people.

    So in the Goldberg case, it does sound likely it was an FAM he was trying to bribe. We will never know. But I wouldn’t be surprised.