RDU Terminal 2

RDU Terminal 2

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Travel Tip - A Reason to Take the Middle Seat

Location: RDU Airport - Waiting to fly to Bangalore via London on AA174 AKA "Rusty"

Most widebody airliners are set up with 2 aisles in coach.  It's usually best to avoid the crummy seats in the middle between the aisles, but it can also be good if you have the middle section to yourself so you can lie down.  If you are fortunate enough to have this situation, be sure to secure your good fortune by sitting in the middle seat.  On my fairly empty 767 (2-3-2 seating) I saw two women who each had a 3-seat middle section all to themselves.  After takeoff the first moved from her assigned aisle seat to the middle, thus discouraging space poachers.  The second stayed in her assigned aisle seat, and had the other end of her once-empty row grabbed by an enterprising passenger. Move quickly!

P.S. The second woman was eventually able to eject the interloper and lie down.  You may not be so lucky (or perhaps assertive).

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