I fly on Spirit Airlines a lot. I am short. Our kids are still young. My husband flies on them too, and while it’s not the most comfortable flight for him, it’s still manageable.
My dad is over 6 ft tall and in his late 60s. I booked my parents a flight on Spirit once and he said “never again”. Even though the seat pitch is “only” 2-4 inches less than coach seats in other airlines, the flight was so uncomfortable for him he’d rather pay more money for a traditional carrier. Fair enough. I get that.
Yesterday I was flying home by myself on Spirit and got an aisle seat without paying for it ahead of time. Score! Then I saw the guy in the middle seat was of a football-player build. I felt bad for him being in the middle seat (he was next to his friend with a window).
The first thing I do when I sit down is put down the armrest if it’s not down already. I’m not ready to have that kind of comfort-level with someone I don’t know.
I felt bad because I knew this made the flight more uncomfortable for the guy next to me; but I felt awkward having a complete stranger “share” some of my seat.
This is a flight I only paid $42 for (round-trip). An exit row seat is $25 (each way) and a “Big Front Seat” is $40 each way. My assumption is the man had never flown Spirit before and had no idea how small the seats were. If he got a good fare for this flight I would say it’s definitely worth it for the extra $50 or $80 for a seat with more room. There was at least one exit row or big front seat available because the flight attendants announced it if anyone wanted to pay and move to one of those seats.
Should I have been more accommodating to someone who was clearly uncomfortable? Should the man have jumped at the chance to purchase a roomier seat? His friend at one point even offered to trade him for his window seat which he declined.
What do you think?