A few months ago, I traveled to Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta for the Conversations in Coca-Cola Mom Blogger Conference. Because the flight was booked last minute, I ended up with two middle seats. Since I’m firmly an aisle seat kind of gal (slight claustrophobia and mommy bladder combine to really make the aisle the best place for me), I actively checked out the Delta website until I was able to change my seats to aisle seats.
On my return from Atlanta, I boarded the plane and went right to my seat. It was almost time for the flight to take off and the middle seat was empty. Would I get lucky, and have it stay empty? Seconds before the doors closed, a family of four came bounding up the aisle. There were four seats open – a window seat in the front, and three middle seats toward the back. The dad took the window seat, and the mom started assigning her kids to seats…. the six-year old in the middle seat in front of me, the eight-year old next to me, and she took the middle seat across from me.
I’m a mom. I know what it’s like to fly with kids, and there’s absolutely NO WAY I’d want my six-year old between two strangers on a two and a half hour flight. So, I stood up and offered the mom my aisle seat. She was surprised, but happily took it.
As I moved to the middle seat a row up, the woman in the aisle (traveling alone) whispered to me, “Thank you for doing that. I really didn’t want to sit next to that kid”.
Really? I know that aisle seats are at a premium. I know we all want the seat we purchased. But, I can’t imagine what that mom’s flight would have been like with her little one sitting between two strangers. I really hate the fact that the airlines put us in this position.
What would you do?
Note – I’ve written a post on how to get seats together if your airline doesn’t place you together.
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