Southwest Airlines has open seating onboard, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis upon boarding. There are no reserved seats. But one guy has an admittedly clever trick for ensuring that your middle seat stays open on Southwest.
Clever Trick To Keep Middle Seat Open On Southwest Airlines
I’m not a fan of Southwest Airlines because I like to know what seat I will be seated in before I board the plane. I also don’t like the idea of checking in at 23 hours and 58 minutes before your flight and finding myself at C39 (toward the end of the bolding queue).
But some people swear by Southwest Airlines and I think Southwest now has a great opportunity to poach passengers who were once loyal to legacy carriers, but that is not the subject of this post…
Instead, I want to focus on a genuinely clever trick that involves simply an arm, a hooded sweatshirt, and a baseball cap. Put the cap over you first, the hoodie over your arm, and voila…you have a “seatmate” that renders the middle seat occupied.
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Anyone who doesn’t look closely will keep right on walking past.
I like this method a whole lot more than the creepy eye trick, where you deliberately make eye contact while patting the middle seat as if to invite someone to sit next to you.
I suspect it would be a very weird flight if someone actually took you up on your offer.
Then again, maybe it’s better than using an app to find a date…
While I don’t see myself in a position to try this trick out, perhaps it will help some of you. I genuinely find it clever and the sort of thing that even if another passenger caught on, they’d probably skip the seat anyway just out of respect for your efforts.