Steamed Over Seat Separation

July 16, 2010

in Seat Stories

Travelled Malaysian Airlines on a family holiday. This was the second time I had flown with them and after encountering problems both times I won’t be flying them again.

We travelled as a party of four. The flight to Malaysia was fine (apart from a questionable landing in KL). The return flight was the problem. This was before online check-in and seat selection was available. We arrived at the airport and were informed the airline had made a mistake and we had been scattered throughout the aircraft.

My parents were eight rows apart and my boyfriend and I were fifteen rows apart. We were told we could be seated in couples at least if we made ourselves known to the flight crew once onboard. Yeah right.

The flight attendants weren’t interested. I was in the middle of two strangers. My boyfriend had an aisle seat and neither of the people next to him were travelling together. My parents ended up being seated together only after they refused to take their seats and the flight attendants found a spare space for them.

I spent the next six hours staring at the back of my boyfriend’s head as the entertainment equipment in my section didn’t work either. To top it off the girl in the aisle seat had a cold and spent most of the flight rugged up in a blanket leaning on my shoulder. Of course I woke up with a cold the next day.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom July 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Stop your whining! It's the airlines job to get you there. If you want it to be a romantic adventure then take the Love Boat next time.

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Clare July 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I would fully back you if you were in a situation where you were seated separately from your young son and/or daughter, but that's not what happened. You're adults and this frequently happens. It's not especially pleasant not being able to sit next to your boyfriend, but get over it already.

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Aaron July 17, 2010 at 2:38 am

Just finished a trip where my wife and I were separated on a leg of both our departure and arrival flights. After spending 15 days in a cruiseship cabin together, it's not too hard to tolerate a few hours in different seats. Not a flight from hell.

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kristin July 18, 2010 at 6:25 am

Seriously? This is by no means a flight from hell. You should be able to entertain yourself through a 6 hour flight.

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apam July 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

Not Flight from Hell. Your family is not going to anywhere in the plane by the way and 15 rows is like a 10 meter distance, surely walkable.

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Cat July 19, 2010 at 4:23 am

wahhhhwahhhhhh…..I didn't get to sit with my boyfriend on the flight. I'm never flying them again! wow

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komo July 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

Your boyfriend hates you and it's matter of time before either:

he ruins himself, or he dumps you.

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The Teenaged Tourist July 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Malaysia Airlines is a Skytrax 5 star airline and when you pay the extra bit of money for a better airline, you EXPECT a better airline!

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really? July 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

YOU paid the extra bit of money for a better airline???? As a teenager with a boyfriend…really? You EXPECT a better airline with all your vast experience? You have flown all of twice…right? How disappointing it must be to fly with grown ups but not not big enough to ask someone to change seats with you….whaaaaa…..you really sound like a spoiled brat with more expectations then money

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The Teenaged Tourist July 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

No I am not the OP. I was suggesting a reason for her disappointment. She did say she was traveling with her parent though so I'm sure they were the ones who arranged the trip.

Now calm down and stop over-reacting.

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The Teenaged Tourist July 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Sorry, my bad. I thought you were referring to me.

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Bob July 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

Really, you can be quite an ass but I am sure you hear that all the time.

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Bob July 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

I meant really? as a reply to really?

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Laura July 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The mile high club is overrated, besides your parents were there!

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Vonnie August 13, 2010 at 12:09 am

First of all….Oh BOOHOO!

And another thing, you can't get a cold the next day from being exposed to one.

What an idiot.

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Karl August 13, 2010 at 2:40 am

What an immature, spoiled, selfish dingbat! Can't sit for a few hours apart? You soon will break up for a stupid little incident anyway because that's the mentality you kids have.

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Kirsten July 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

If you woke up with a cold the next day, you didn't catch it on the flight. Colds take longer than that to develop.

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