Apr 10, 2024 - Economy

Staying seated

Rows of empty seats on a plane.

Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Will you swap seats?

  • Those are the "four most divisive words on a flight," the Wall Street Journal says.

The big picture: With airlines charging for preferred seats these days, some folks aren't reacting very kindly to the age-old request from fellow passengers.

  • "99% of the time I'm going to say no," 35-year-old digital marketing director James Randolph tells WSJ. "I picked this seat. I want to have it. I paid extra for it."

💭 Nathan's thought bubble: We can feud with each other — or we can direct our discontent at the airlines for forcing us to pay to sit with our traveling mates.

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