People have their ways and methods of avoiding strangers sitting next to them on flights, but this one is a little different.
A TikTok user revealed his interesting, yet clever, way of keeping the seat next to him open during his Southwest Airlines flight, according to The Sun.
The video, since taken down by the original user but shared by other TikTok accounts, shows the man using a fake person as bait to make people believe the seat next to him was occupied.
The viral clip begins by showing the man smiling as he supports his hoodie and hat using only his arm.
The footage then zooms in on the man holding his raised fist in the air, where the hat is placed, while a black hoodie is wrapped around his arm to form what looks like a person.
Passengers boarding the flight walk past the empty seat without noticing this stupid tactic, appearing to look for a seat elsewhere.
Travel guru Chelsea Dickenson has shared some helpful tips for travelers looking to avoid awkward seating arrangements on flights.
Dickenson recommended passengers travel in pairs, but when booking a flight, one should make sure they sit near the window while the other takes the aisle seat.
Dickenson preached that this would most likely cause an outsider to avoid wanting to be sandwiched by taking the middle seat.
A simpler tip Dickenson added was for passengers to reserve a seat near the back of the plane or choose seats in row 13 “because a lot of people think that’s unlucky,” she said .
Southwest Airlines also got in on the fun by creating a parody for people who want to go their way or the highway on flights in a short TikTok skit.
The humorous video shows a man in the video putting on his best happy face as he invites passengers to sit next to him.
“I was on a flight last week and the lady in the row across from me was pretending to vomit into the vomit bag during the entire boarding process,” one user said in response to the video.
“The heavy panting holding the bag for airsickness is one of my favorites,” one commenter responded.
“I would love to try this if my flights weren’t constantly canceled,” one user jokingly responded, lashing out at the airline.
New York Post