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Travel Etiquette Dos and Don'ts

Travel Etiquette Do's and Don'ts: Space-Hogging Seatmate

Tom Gauld

How to Cope With a Space-Hogging Seatmate

Do...

…assert your territory early on: claim your overhead and under-seat space, and put the armrests down.

…be sensitive about passengers of size. Alert your flight attendant discreetly; you may be able to switch seats.

Don’t...

…resort to dirty looks, or subtle little pushes. Being passive-aggressive only escalates the problem.

…be greedy. Airplane etiquette says that the middle-seat passenger has rights to both inner armrests.

–Nikki Ekstein

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