Seat Plus extra option in flights set to end mid-air elbow wars
A British Airline operating in Australia has introduced a Seat Plus extra option on some of its flights, where passengers can pay from about 150 dollars to have an empty seat next to them.
Virgin Atlantic is following Air Asia and Spanish airline Vueling, both of which had introduced the same option on their flights for a fee, News.com.au reported.
A Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman told Terminal U that the option will help passengers spread out and enjoy some extra room on their flights.
"One of the top passenger requests during check-in is passengers asking to be assigned a seat which has an empty seat next to it," she said.
Virgin Atlantic said the option can give passengers more room to work or stretch out, to "snuggle" with a loved one or store kids toys.
The spare seats can be booked three days prior to the flight, but can be cancelled by the airline, and the money refunded.
A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said that there were no current plans to introduce this option locally, but the company was always looking for ways to enhance their customers' experience.