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Exchanging seats with a basketball player

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My husband and I routinely book aisle seats across from each other on long flights. On yesterday's flight from Newark to Seattle, we were seated when a young man (who said he was 6'10", and I believe him) came down the aisle. He had been assigned a middle seat and asked if I would switch with him. I initially said no, I did not want to take the middle seat and have a stranger between myself and DH for the lengthy flight. So I stepped aside and the young man tried to take his middle seat. And it was obvious this would not work for him; he truly could not fit his long legs into the space available.

Finally, the problem was solved when my husband offered his aisle seat to the young man. DH and I then alternated using the middle seat the young man had vacated, and the aisle seat assigned to us.

I felt bad for not having given up my seat at first, though it was not obvious until he tried the middle seat that it would have been ludicrous for him to be seated there.

What would you have done? And shouldn't the airline accept some responsibility for seating oversized (tall) passengers? The young man was NOT fat, he truly was a college basketball player and nothing but an aisle seat would work for him. Even at that he had to scooch his feet over whenever anyone came down the aisle.

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