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Old 17-10-2018, 07:01 PM   #11
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I’m convinced they seat you apart deliberately. I upset my wife by not paying the extra for having seats together. It’s disgusting that even for a holiday costing upwards of £5k that two people cant sit together without paying extra, especially when booking the holiday early.

On the plus side we have driven the T5 to France, Spain and Portugal for our last few holidays rather than use planes!
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I think this was discussed on some consumer affairs type program on TV not long ago.
It is definitely the policy of some airlines to separate people to push them into the added cost option of choosing seats.
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I think this was discussed on some consumer affairs type program on TV not long ago.
It is definitely the policy of some airlines to separate people to push them into the added cost option of choosing seats.
This ^ therefore out of sheer principle alone I do not pay extra.

Never been split up yet (Jet2).
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That's why I have no plans to inflict my little ones crying on passengers...therefore until she was at least 2 I had no plans to do any travelling with her that involved aeroplanes, and don't really have any plans for air travel with her until I really have to ( orders of the wife) until she is old enough to behave / not cry.
That is an incredible responsible attitude and one which is sadly not prevalent. Thank you.

Many parents think that having children is adored by everyone and nobody should complain about their lack of parenting, or lack of disciplining their kids.

When I was a kid we were seen and not heard in public, and we knew how to behave so as not to hack other people off. I was proper rigid in teaching my kids manners and public behaviour and they've turned out well on it, yet still had a great time in life. Probably better because they know their Ps and Qs.
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That is an incredible responsible attitude and one which is sadly not prevalent. Thank you.

Many parents think that having children is adored by everyone and nobody should complain about their lack of parenting, or lack of disciplining their kids.

When I was a kid we were seen and not heard in public, and we knew how to behave so as not to hack other people off. I was proper rigid in teaching my kids manners and public behaviour and they've turned out well on it, yet still had a great time in life. Probably better because they know their Ps and Qs.
I've suffered more from adults than I have with kids on flights. There's usually one self important cockwomble on average each flight, they usually end up sitting near me for some reason
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Usually asleep right through takeoff.
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Me too - I dozed almost solid through the flight home after I swapped seats to be next to my wife

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The last few flights I've been on I've chanced it and been okay, but I've heard rumblings on the grapevine that certain airlines do now try to nudge you into paying extra to sit together.
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This ^ therefore out of sheer principle alone I do not pay extra.

Never been split up yet.
Until this weekend, our experience was almost like LT's. [the exception was a late booking Dreamliner flight to mexico. It cost us circa £200.00, so I suspected it might be caveat emptor].

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Itís disgusting that even for a holiday costing upwards of £5k that two people cant sit together without paying extra, especially when booking the holiday early.
We are booked reasonably early for a holiday in Goa next year. If I read correctly, we can -
choose seats for £40.00pp per journey.
Window seats are an additional £3.00pp.
XL seats are an additional £40.00pp.

So I could end up paying £332.00 just for seat choice? It may be not seem a fortune, but, the complete 3 day AI weekend we just had in spain was a similar sum.
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We are booked reasonably early for a holiday in Goa next year. If I read correctly, we can -
choose seats for £40.00pp per journey.
Window seats are an additional £3.00pp.
XL seats are an additional £40.00pp.
Be careful - you can book and pay for "XL" seats on emergency exits but if you are too old, infirm, or too weedy to open the exit hatch, you can be asked to shift and you don't necessarily get your money back because in the small print it does say that you must be capable of assisting others in the exit procedures in an emergency.

I did see an old guy built like a Swan Vesta moved on an Emirates flight. He proper kicked off until the staff showed him the small print on an ipad.
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That is an incredible responsible attitude and one which is sadly not prevalent. Thank you.

Many parents think that having children is adored by everyone and nobody should complain about their lack of parenting, or lack of disciplining their kids.

When I was a kid we were seen and not heard in public, and we knew how to behave so as not to hack other people off. I was proper rigid in teaching my kids manners and public behaviour and they've turned out well on it, yet still had a great time in life. Probably better because they know their Ps and Qs.
Its 28 hours from down under to back home! The last time back was for my mothers funeral. my son was a baby. He did really well till 5 hours out of sydney on the way back. Its a long flight at the best of times. I enjoy a small 2 hour drive these days.....
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We pay to sit together as young family. On our first flight with kids (getting married she was 3) we were dreading it even though she is well behaved, just in case she didn't like it and ended up crying the whole bloody flight and inconveniencing other passengers. We chose not to go before this age for that reason.

We set up an ipad with stuff on it, colouring books, pencils etc etc but she was good as gold. Been each year now with the 2nd who's 3 and eldest now 6 and each time they are fantastic.
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We booked early and selected seats but weren't guaranteed but took the gamble. Wasn't bad as in a row ...ish. it's not so bad now cos the kids are old enough to fend for them selves and be entertained on the whole by the tvs. So basically it's a young family tax, and tax on people who like talking to their wife when they could have a few hours peace..... so I imagine not a very lucrative tax ultimately.

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