A TikTok user has gone viral after sharing their hack for keeping a row of seats to themselves on a Southwest Airlines flight, but involves a bit of flirting.
Travelling can often come with a bit of stress, but boarding Southwest flights may add another level of chaos due to the Dallas-based airline’s seating policy. According to the company website, Southwest flights have an “open seating” policy, meaning there are no assigned seats.
Rather, passengers are assigned to boarding group A, B, or C and a boarding position, one to 60, which determines when passengers board the plane. Because of this, passengers have come up with crafty ways to find the best seat on a Southwest flight.
In a TikTok video with more than one million views, TikTok user Heather O’Connor – who goes by @oconnorfamilylaw on the app – shared the flirtatious way she and her flight partner secured an entire row of Southwest seats to themselves.
“How to keep a row to yourself on Southwest,” the Massachusetts-based TikToker wrote in the clip, which showed the man sitting in the aisle seat while she took up the window seat. Then, they filled the middle seat with their own personal items.
As fellow passengers walked through the plane’s aisle looking for empty seats, the man in the aisle seat nodded to a passerby – somewhat flirtatiously – and asked if he wanted to sit in between them. He politely declined, but Heather and her flight partner couldn’t help but burst into laughter that their Southwest seating hack seemed to work.
“We were told it’s a full flight. Doing our best to keep that seat open,” they captioned the post.
In the comments, hundreds of TikTokers praised the couple for their unique trick to keeping an entire aisle of seats to themselves. “Love it,” one person commented. “The young guy prob thinks the older one is trying to hit on him!!!”
“I would’ve played his little game, kissed him and said thank you,” another user joked.
“He prob thought what a creeper lmao,” said someone else, to which Heather replied: “Maybe, but it worked.”
Others shared their frustration with Southwest Airlines’ seating system and the clever ways they’ve been able to secure a perfect seat. “Southwest seating is such a strategy game,” one user wrote.
“I wish Southwest would do assigned seating. It’s so nerve-racking [sic],”…
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