Allocated seating coming to easyJet
Big changes are coming for easyJet passengers, with allocated seating to be introduced in November, replacing the free-for-all scrum that the airline’s flyers have come to know and hate over the years.
easyJet have been trying out allocated seating over the past few months and have found that the surprisingly low figure of 70% of their passengers prefer the idea of knowing where they’ll be sitting before they board, as opposed to punching, kicking, scratching and biting complete strangers on the steps of an aircraft. Or however it works at the moment.
"Allocated seating gives all our passengers a better boarding experience," said easyJet's chief executive, Carolyn McCall. Every passenger is entitled to have a seat allocated free. Those who want to guarantee a particular seat will pay £12 for extra legroom, £8 for a place in one of the "upfront" rows allowing swifter disembarkation, or £3 for other seats.
Oh. OH. So you have to PAY EXTRA for allocated seating? Oh, okay then. Well, at least ‘every passenger is entitled to have a seat allocated free’ – no ‘standing only’ on easyJet flights just yet then…