On a recent transcontinental flight from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on Delta, I was running a few minutes late (thanks to a delayed E train) which meant I was one of the last few passengers to board. Luckily, I was able to find overhead space for my rollaboard, however as I approached my Comfort + seat, I noticed it was occupied.
I took a glimpse around the cabin to see if any other seats were empty, assuming that this passenger accidentally sat in the wrong seat. As I didn’t see any empty seats, I approached this passenger and asked him if this was his seat. The passenger said indeed it was his seat.
I asked to see his boarding pass, which he refused to show me insisting that this was his seat. He then asked me if there was a problem, to which I said this was my seat. Not wanting to drag anyone off the plane, I said that I would go get a gate agent to come onboard to find his correct seat. As I was about to walk off the plane, he finally got up and moved all the way to 33E!
When he moved back he never looked at his boarding pass to check what seat he was in, meaning he knew he was in a coach seat and was trying to steal a Comfort + seat, assuming that I hadn’t shown up. Comfort Plus was full and is normally sold for at least a $100 + upgrade on a flight on this length, but somehow he thought he’d get away for it free.
Have you ever been a victim of having your seat stolen by another passenger? How did you handle it? Feel free to share below.