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Questions regarding reservations of specific seats in various transportation venues and of seating in general (comfort, size, pitch etc).

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It it possible to avoid kiwi.com's automatic online check-in and instead do it manually by yourself?

I have a WestJet Flight LGW-YYC that I booked using kiwi.com. WestJet offers free seat selection with the online check-in on their homepage (see their FAQ at " Can I still select my seat if I don't ...
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How can I ensure that two passengers with separate bookings on Ryanair sit together?

I made two separate bookings with Ryanair for me and a friend (they travel A->B->A, whereas I travel only the B->A leg together with them). I did not include any extras during booking, such as the "...
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How to find out if the previous flights (any airline) flew with un-booked or empty seats?

I was wondering if there is anyway of knowing how many seats were empty on any previous International flights? I am trying to figure out the pattern for the best season/day/time to fly in that airline ...
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Checking Seat Capacity on Previous Flights

Does anyone know of ways to check the seat capacity or number of tickets sold or number of passengers onboard for past flights? I'm actually just trying to figure out how many passengers were on a ...
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Do gate agents really seat young children away from their parents in United Basic Economy?

According to United, for Basic Economy fares: Seats will be assigned prior to boarding. Customers traveling together, including families, will not be able to sit together. My husband and I plan ...
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Overcrowded German trains

The recent spat between Greta Thunberg and German rail left me thinking: can you buy a ticket in a German train and not get a seat? Is that only for local or also long haul trains?
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Can you sneak into Premium Economy Class?

People ask whether they can sneak into business or first, it's virtually impossible. But what about sneaking into Premium Economy Class? What if I stand at the end of the boarding line, and just sit ...
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Booked a Vietnam Airlines codeshare flight OP'd by China Air - can I reserve a seat ahead of time?

I bought an international ticket from the US to Asia on Priceline, via Vietnam Airlines, and I have a confirmation code from them. China Airlines is the carrier operating the flight and the one with ...
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Seat issues in weird Air France booking

I booked my Air France flight a few months ago and am having issues. On the app it says my boarding passes are unavailable and have to print them at the check-in counter. On the seat section it says:...
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Can I refuse to choose seats with additional cost at check-in time?

Related to this question, but in my case I actually am in the situation where all normal seats are occupied. This is what happens here: the online check-in system is trying to force me to choose ...
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How does jetBlue determine its boarding order?

My question is nominally similar to how are boarding groups determined? which was closed as a duplicate of Why do airlines seat people the way they do? but neither seem to answer my question and I ...
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How big is “too big” for an airline seat? At what point will you be required to buy two tickets?

As I said in another question, I'm bringing my parents to visit me here in Sweden next year. My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at ...
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Why are seats at the rear of a plane sometimes unavailable even though many other seats are available in the plane?

Why are seats at the rear of a plane sometimes unavailable even though many other seats are available in the plane? Example (see the last three rows): I have seen cases where a fair amount of rear ...
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When is the best time to check in for ryanair to get window or aisle seats?

Ryanair lets you check in 2 days before the flight. Then it gives you some seats. Are those random or do they save the window and aisle seats in case someone buys them? My strategy is to leave it ...
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Does Lufthansa allow you to choose seats for free during checking-in online?

When I booked my flight with Lufthansa, an early seat reservation was available for an extra fee. But I did not want to pay extra so I just skipped this step. Is it possible for me to check-in ...
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Is the space in front of the first seat row in the middle of a cabin meant as a public passage?

I have recently been on an Air China trip with my family, I think on an A330 aircraft. We had a baby bassinet and thus were seated in the front row of a cabin, and got seats in the middle of the ...
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Is this the case of the wrong aircraft shown on airline website?

I see multiple source publishing that EgyptAir will be servicing the Toronto to Cairo route through a new set of 787 Dreamliners. See sources: https://thepointsguy.com/news/egyptair-787-new-business-...
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Can a Senior sit in a Handicap Seat on AMTRAK?

I have a Senior ticket. While traveling on amtrak, am I prohibited from sitting in an unoccupied seat reserved for passengers with disabilities?
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Differences between row 11 or 12 in Airbus A320?

The rows 11 and 12 of the Airbus A320 look very much alike. I've been sitting on row 11 before I think and I couldn't see much difference between them. Are there any differences between row 11 and ...
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Is it possible to book adjacent seats on a NightJet train?

Me and my friend would like to book two second class coach seats on a NightJet train from Vienna to Venice at oebb.at. We'd really like them to be next to each other, ideally, facing each other. ...
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Best technique to get seat changed on a full transatlantic flight

First flight with our 1 year-old. We just discovered she has motion sickness, so it’s going to be rough going since no medication is suitable for babies. The only trick offered by our pediatrician ...
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Seat selection on Economy MileSAAver [duplicate]

If I use my miles to buy an American Economy MileSAAver tickets, do I get to pick my seats when I book the flight?
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Seat Assignment on Via Rail's The Ocean

I just booked a ticket from Halifax to Montréal and got seat 7C assigned. I do know that this train ran with a 2+1 seat setting in their Economy wagons in the past. So I am wondering if I would have a ...
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Booking with Third Party Sites

So I found a flight on skyscanner for British Airways that I've been eyeing for quite a while. However, it is a basic economy ticket which means that it doesn't come with a checked bag and seat ...
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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

Airplane announcements always say that that "the seatback has to be in an upright position" for takeoff. However, what's the earliest you can recline your seat after takeoff? The moment the wheels ...
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Long-haul flights: How bad are seats next to lavatories?

I want to choose a good seat on a 8h+ flight in an Airbus A330-300. I use Seatguru to find it. My preference (if I check in fast enough) would be the next row behind the lavatories row, as there's ...
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Lie-flat seats on AA 777-200

My wife took a trip on an American Airlines 777-200 in business class, and the "lie-flat" seat didn't seem to work right; she is only 5' 4" tall and said she could not fit in the seat laying flat ...
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How can I deal with people asking to switch seats with me on a plane?

I'm sixteen years old, and I have mild claustrophobia so I always travel in the aisle seat. However, I'm constantly asked (not politely) by others to change seats with them. Since I usually travel ...
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I had 2 RAC tickets but seat got only one

I had 2 RAC confirmed tickets, but seats were not mentioned. On the day of travel, I got a single berth for both the tickets. On the charts both names mentioned that a single seat was assigned. I paid ...
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How can I select seats on Amtrak train?

This is my first Amtrak trip. I am travelling from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City, NY on the Pennsylvanian; and then from New York City, NY to Washington DC on the Acela Express. Both the tickets are ...
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Best seat for less turbulence in airplane

Is there a best place to sit in an aircraft to reduce the turbulence feel ? I have travelled in A380 which has minimum turbulence experience because of huge body. But what is the best seat to ...
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Best seat for sleeping on megabus red-eye trip in USA? [closed]

Do all the seats on megabus lean back? Are some some seats better for sleeping than the others? I am planning a 9-hour trip, and I would like to be able to sleep.
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Under seat hand luggage storage width on Boeing 737-800 [closed]

I'm planning a flight on a Boeing 737-800 and need to consider the width of the under seat space for hand luggage (and this is for a specific reason so no answers/comments about over head bins please)....
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Changing seats on Southwest during a layover with no plane change

During a Southwest layover where there is no plane change, I believe you're able to change seats after all the deplaning of all the people that are not continuing on to the second destination. (...
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How old does a child need to be to sit separately from parents when flying?

I just took a transatlantic Aer Lingus red-eye flight with my 4-year old. When checking in, the agent gave my child and me seats that were on opposite sides of the plane, separated by about 5 rows. ...
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BA 185, what airplane configuration is this?

On Monday, the 16th July 2018 I'll be flying BA185 from LHR to EWR on what is seemingly a 777. Seatguru claims that BA has four different 777s but none of those seem to match the layout that BA shows ...
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With Aegean airlines GoLight how many pieces of cabin baggage? Are seats allocated together?

In Aegean golight if I buy 4 tickets (in golight) how many items of hand baggage can I bring with me? And again if I buy 4 tickets (we are family 2 + 2) is there any way for me to be sure we are ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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How to seat family of seven together on long-haul flight?

My family and I are flying to New Zealand (AKL) from the USA (LAX) in just over a week. We booked 7 seats (in a single booking), but when I check the American Airlines website it says we don't have ...
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In Austria (OEBB), what does “Book reservation for trains” give me?

I'm booking a train from Vienna to Graz on February, taking the Railjet train. I have an option to reserve my seat via the site, and I was wondering what would happen if I do not do this: will there ...
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Why are some specific seats marked as prioritized for people in need?

Inspired by Can I use a priority seat if it is vacant? Many trains, buses and subways have seats that are marked as "priority seats", meaning that the people who are in greater need of a seat, such ...
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Unbookable column of seats on 777-200

I'm flying United, and at time of booking I can select my seat. On one flight the aircraft is designated as a 777-200. The seat selection diagram shows a 3-4-3 seat layout, ABC-DEFG-HJK. At time of ...
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Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?

So to clarify, there are lots of different planes, so for the sake of argument, there are areas: front left front right front middle forward front, right, middle over the left wing over the right ...
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Is it possible to add another passenger when reserving for my round trip ticket, so we can get adjacent seats?

I am planning to go back home. The thing is, I am going home alone, but will be returning with my daughter. Is it possible to get a ticket with one departing, and two return? So we can get seats next ...
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Are these Deutsche Bahn train seats side-by-side?

I booked two tickets on the direct Deutsche Bahn (ICE 93) train from Berlin to Vienna and the seat information is shown as - "Side-by-side seats Carriage 27, seats 13, 15". I would normally have ...
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Bought 2 Lufthansa tickets - one person can't travel - free seat next to me?

I bought two Lufthansa tickets, for a journey from Europe to Asia and back (outbound via FRA, return via MUC). I also reserved two adjacent seats, and paid for it all. Now, the second person cannot ...
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Seat reservation for Lufthansa flight booked on United

I booked a flight through United Airlines which is operated by Lufthansa. Is it possible to select a seat in advance? When I view my reservation on United.com and click "View / Change Seats", I get ...
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How I find the BA-equivalent booking reference for an American Airlines-managed reservation?

Note: I do this regularly, so I am looking for a faster option than calling the airline on the phone - I'd like something I can do online. I have booked a reservation with American Airlines on aa.com....
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Do the seat rows across the aisle from the Cathay Pacific 777 300 ER 77H aircraft line up?

The economy rows in the picture on seat guru do not appear to line up with each other. For example do 60G and 60H line up next to each other. I want two aisle seats that are directly across from each ...
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Is there an optimal time to check in to a Spirit flight?

I am planning to take a Spirit flight where I have not prepaid for a seat assignment. I will let Spirit pick my seat for me, which happens when I check in. From personal experience and from a few ...