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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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Are the From and To stations in Indian train tickets only about seating?

I've seen in mentioned in a few places online that when you book a ticket from point A to point B in a train, you automatically get the right to travel from the originating point O of the train till ...
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Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?

I heard that in Japan it may be considered rude to give up your seat for someone else while you are on a train or bus, because it would make the other person feel in debt with you. Is this true? (Of ...
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What can you do about being forced to sit next to a very large passenger?

My mum is up in arms about that fact that she sat next to a (very) obese gentleman on her flight causing sufficient discomfort for her to grab the cabin jumpseat in cruise. The flight was a fully-...
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How to know a flight is not full?

Is it possible to know how many seats on a particular flight have been booked? If not, is it possible to know in which months of a year the flights usually are not fully booked?
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Which airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight?

I read that some airlines such as United Airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight. Is there any comprehensive list of airlines that ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight (or ...
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Most comfortable seats for family of four - Philippine Airlines Boeing 777-300er SFO-MNL [closed]

I'm traveling with wife, 6 yr old and 2 yr old son. Wife is asking me where is the best seat (Economy) for our family of four, comfortable for the kids. 15 hour straight flight.
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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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Changing seats on British Airways require payment

When trying to change seats on a transatlantic BA flight it stated this cost $39/seat. On our short inter-European flight it said that I can reserve seats for $15/seat. On my return transatlantic, ...
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Why are some airplane seats numbered "DEK"?

I'm in an Avianca Airbus A320 and the seats are numbered ABC, DEK. Any particular reason why not "DEF"?
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How should I act if I'm assigned to a seat near an emergency exit?

I usually fly in Economy class and try to keep the cost low, but I also like to take a window seat (who doesn't?) if possible. I know airlines only give window seats to adults who can take some ...
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Philippine Airlines - power supply in economy

Does anyone know if the Economy seats on Philippine Airlines flights (777) have in-seat power supply?
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Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation [duplicate]

What are the railway reservation rules under the below noted circumstances? I have purchased a waiting list ticket in 3rd class A/C and did not confirm it before the journey. Can I make a valid ...
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Is there any smart tip to choose seats on aeroplane? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a smart and absolute way to choose seats on aeroplane. For this question, there is some restrictions as: The seat cannot be far from both toilet and kitchen. The noise from turbines ...
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How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?

I can totally understand someone reclining his seat on a long-distance flight. On a short hop, I don’t have any sympathy for anyone using his “right” to recline his seat. The seat pitch on short ...
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TGV Lyria seat plan: how to interpret it?

I'm taking a look at the seat plan for the Zurich-Paris TGV Lyria. The diagrams only show cars from 1 to 8, but the text says that cars are numbered 1-8 and 11-18. Is car 11 the same thing as car 1, ...
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Why doesn't British Airways sell six seats in the rear of the plane?

Using Expedia's seat preview I noticed that seats D-E-F of the last two rows are reserved on every British Airways flight. I can guess many reasons for that. Does anyone know the answer for sure?
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What are the drawbacks of taking this window/aisle solo seat - 71A on Boeing 777-300ER?

I've got an LA to Hong Kong flight coming up and I've never flown for that long before. Flying on boeing 777-300ER. Btw I'm not asking about window vs aisle, I definitely want an aisle seat. However ...
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How useful are ExpertFlyer's/Expedia seat plan previews?

Okay, I might be an early bird, but I checked my long-haul flight Moscow to Vladivostok on Aug 1st 2013 at ExpertFlyer and the seat chart only shows 7 randomly chosen economy seats occupied. Kind of ...
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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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Waitlisted Indian train ticket: will I be refunded if I don't get a confirmed seat?

I've purchased a ticket on Cleartrip from Gorakhpur to Delhi. I'm on a wait list on 33. If I do not get a confirmed seat, will I be refunded?
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Why are airplane passengers asked to move their seats to the upright position during take-off and landing?

The reasons for fastening seat belts and closing tray tables are obvious. But what danger poses having a reclined seat?
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When is it that you can't reserve a specific seat on a plane beforehand?

Two of my friends flew Scandinavian Airlines from Norway to Denmark, and from Denmark via Dubai to India with Emirates. They thought they could select seats 24 hrs before departure, but when they ...
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How can I get a different seat after boarding a flight?

There is always this thrill of boarding a plane. "Where am I sitting" or more importantly who is sitting in close proximity to me. If it turns out to be a disappointment, reseating is often not an ...
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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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Online resources for airplane seat sizes

Are there online resources for researching seat sizes and leg room of various planes of various airlines? I'd like to know whether JAL international flight economy class seats are small (compared to ...
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What is "cattle call seating policy"?

In a Facebook thread about Amtrak trains I saw a user comment complaining about Amtraks cattle call seating policy. What is this?
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Can you expect the flight attendants to tell the passenger in front of you to put his seat up in normal position?

My last (Swiss) long-haul flight was overnight and a lot of passengers tried to sleep. Nevertheless, the flight crews served dinner at the start of the flight and breakfast shortly before landing. ...
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When should one check in to get the best of optionally allocated seats?

Easyjet recently launched an allocated seat system. Basically the rules are: If you pay you can choose your seat. The front seats and the emergency exit seats are more expensive. If you don't, your ...
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Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?

After the fiasco of registering an account to book train tickets online using my British VISA card, I finally got into a position of being able to book a ticket, but what it appears to be telling me ...
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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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Unsafe seats on a Boeing 777?

On a flight with Singapore airline from Zurich to Singapore with a Boeing 777 I had an aisle seat. Shortly before take off, a flight attendant approached me and told me that this seat is unsafe and I ...
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Putting a hold on an airline seat

When we put a hold on an airline seat for a couple of days, it expires after a couple of days. Now, after couple of days, nobody has booked the seat since I was the one holding it and I did not book ...
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Do airlines block out a large section of seats online?

A family friend tried to book a last minute holiday for their family but when they tried to book online they couldn't get seats together. When he rang the airline up they had no problem putting them ...
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Seating plans on airplanes

I just web checked in for my next flight. Out of curiosity I checked the seating plane. Normally, all the rows have 6 seats. 3 on the right side and 3 on the left side. But some rows have only 2 seats ...
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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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How to book a bassinet for an infant on a flight?

We are planning a trip with an infant and have heard that you can book a bassinet for the flight. How do you book it? Is it tied to your seat assignment? And if the seat with the bassinet is taken by ...
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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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