5 flight attendants share their ideas on the etiquette of asking individuals to swap seats on a aircraft, as the talk wages on throughout TikTok

It is wonderful to ask somebody to swap seats with you, however they aren’t obliged to say sure.

Some flight attendants instructed Insider it is not uncommon to see individuals asking to maneuver seats on a flight. 

A flight attendant known as London, who has labored within the business for 4 years and shares her life on TikTok underneath the username @londonkaizen, instructed Insider that passengers are sometimes asking to modify seats — and infrequently does it finish in a struggle or argument.

However that does not imply it all the time finally ends up with passengers switching seats. As an alternative, London mentioned passengers have each proper to show down the request.

“I do not assume there’s something fallacious with asking,” she mentioned. 

“However if you’re tremendous married to the seat that you simply purchased and also you need it that badly, then it is OK to say no,” she added.

On TikTok, some customers have protested in opposition to the judgment and criticism that generally comes when an individual says no to a request to maneuver seats. In October, a creator named Maresa Friedman acquired 3.6 million views on a video filmed inside a aircraft which she captioned, “I’m not a villain for not transferring from the seat in first-class I paid full fare for, I am additionally a mother so it is known as PLANNING AHEAD.” 

Friedman mentioned in a subsequent video that she has a incapacity, which is likely one of the the reason why she didn’t need to transfer, and lots of customers mentioned they’d have finished the identical factor in her state of affairs, with one individual explaining in a sew that they’ve been additionally been villainized and insulted for declining such requests whereas touring. 

Each flight attendant agreed that persons are not obliged to comply with swap and that passengers must be understanding if somebody desires to maintain their unique seat.

“I don’t assume vacationers want to surrender their seats, but when they’re OK with it, then that shouldn’t be an issue,” Demi, a flight attendant in her first 12 months of flying, who goes by @deardemdiary on TikTok, instructed Insider.