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Can a person buy two seats on the same flight for just

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no reason but just wanting the extra room?

I am going to put this on three different places, two forums and send a question to Ask The Aviator, and if I get an official or best answer I will post it. I recently through an inheritance which consisted of property in the S.F. bay area will net sums in the 500K range but having lived most of my life on 2 % of that, (yes, you read that right) still am somewhat parsimonious and the less I spend on unnecessary expenses like a fancy seat, the more I can spend traveling.

I want to travel in the airlines comfortably on long flights over eight hours, but am reluctant to pay the egregious prices for first. business class. Even an extra leg room seat in couch is not that much more comfortable as I still can not lay down as flat as I like. First I wish to state, I know about economy pluses which are not always available (AND about many airlines upgrade auction but that may be a no go as I may have to be an economy ticket in a higher fare class and still not be able to get an upgraded class seat) and Icelandic, Condor and Norwegian faux business class but if they don't go that route I can't use it (or with connections it takes too darn long) so for those of you about to suggest that, I spent a lot time researching alternatives) whereas if I buy two very cheap tickets (like from consolidators) on planes that have rows with only two seats in I would be guaranteed the space and have whole row to lie down in. If the fare difference between that and a premium seat with better service is less than $200, I will go with the higher class seat, I will also check the seating chart to see how full the plane is before I decide that. I do know that with Air New Zealand you can buy a whole row but it has to be two people.

I don't know if there may be a civil aviation law against it, especially if it overseas (based on the length of the flights most likely it would be) and the other country demands a passenger manifest and the passenger count is less than the number of people on the manifest, with the airlines it may be on a case by case basis and do not know if they will sell two seats for one person, I don't want to buy a cello to drag around but maybe I could buy one for a "teddy bear" if it has to show the seat is for someone else.

I can see the sarcastic answers coming but please keep those opinions to yourself I am VERY serious about this, does anyone know the civil aviation laws or has worked for the airlines where someone want besides an obese person was able to buy two seats (come to think of it if an obese person is required to buy two seats than perhaps I answered my question!)

Air New Zealand,lets you buy a whole row for two seats on certain long haul routers, I just out.

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