Flight attendant on trick to punish passengers who refuse to swap seats

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A flight attendant has shared how she punishes passengers who refuse to swap seats - and you may not be too happy about it -Credit:Shutterstock / Yaroslav Astakhov

In a fascinating revelation, a flight attendant has shared her clever tactic for dealing with passengers who are reluctant to switch seats. This seemingly perennial issue sparks constant debate among travellers - some impassioned individuals maintain that once you've purchased a specific seat, no one should presume to demand a swap.

However, others counter that in certain situations, accommodating a seat change request, especially for those who might genuinely require it, proves the wiser, kinder approach, reports the Mirror.

But an airline hostess may just have a solution... She's revealed her unique strategy to persuade unyielding passengers to exchange their seats, particularly when faced with parents flying with young kids - and she confidently declares this tactic unfailingly effective.

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Mitra Amirzadeh, an Orlando-based flight attendant, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about her approach. Mitra, who also holds the position of union representative at an airline which levies fees for advanced seat selection, disclosed: "I have said before, 'OK, so you're going to watch the toddler? 'You'll want their snacks and their colouring books then, because they're going to need that'."

As you might expect, this is a sure-fire way to ensure a peaceful flight for those who value their quiet. The cabin crew member did add, though, that she seldom steps in unless the situation involves children - when it comes to couples wanting to sit together without having booked in advance, she's less inclined to intervene

Mitra emphasised that she doesn't want passengers to feel compelled to give up seats they've paid for, saying: "The next time you feel yourself getting angry or getting frustrated that you're not getting the seat you want, you need to remind yourself that you didn't pay to pick your seat. Otherwise, you'd be in it."

She revealed that such uncomfortable moments are quite common, noting that the dreaded seat-swapping issue happens on roughly 80 per cent of her flights each month.