A video of a couple blocking seats on a Southwest Airlines flight while looking for the “perfect person” to sit next to them caused controversy on the internet.
Despite the cancellations, Southwest’s seating strategy can cause additional havoc when passengers board the aircraft from Dallas. Southwest planes have a “open seating” policy, meaning there are no assigned seats, according to the airline website. Instead, passengers are given a boarding group—A, B, or C—as well as a position—one to 60—that determines when they board the aircraft.
A video shared by Instagram user Jeff Martin (@jjmartin.stf) has now gone viral, demonstrating how one couple claimed two seats while looking for the “perfect person” to occupy the third. The video shows Martin’s wife sitting two seats across from him on the aisle seat, as she combed through passengers boarding the Southwest flight in search of a seat.
A flight on Southwest. I added over the footage, “We took the aisle and window until we located the proper person. The woman turns to her husband and gestures at a younger man wearing headphones as he approaches their row of seats. He agrees when she taps him on the shoulder and asks him if he’d want to sit in their row.
Despite the fact that Martin labelled the video “Southwest Airlines etiquette,” many viewers didn’t seem to support the couple’s choice of sitting.
The person questioned , “What does ‘right’ mean?,” and a third responded, “Childish behaviour.”
Another person remarked, “I don’t find it surprising that individuals do things like this. “
While others promised to follow the pair’s example on their subsequent flights, others praised the couple for their Southwest etiquette.