Last updated: 04:30 PM ET, Mon July 11 2016

Avoiding the Dreaded Middle Seat

Airlines & Airports | Janeen Christoff | July 11, 2016

Avoiding the Dreaded Middle Seat

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Do you have a strategy for getting out sitting in the middle seat? Maybe, you have a surefire way of avoiding paying for an aisle seat or scoring some extra legroom on an airplane? (And if you do, we’d love to hear your story.)

But it’s almost a guarantee that, should you want any of these three things, you are going to have to fork over some extra cash when purchasing your ticket. 

Airlines are raking in money charging passengers who want to avoid the inevitable discomfort of flying in the middle seat – or even in a the back of the plane where it’s sometimes hard to hear yourself think.

“If you’re flying somewhere this summer and aren’t willing to pay extra for a preferred seat in economy class, chances are better than ever that you’ll end up in the dreaded middle seat or relegated to the back, engulfed in engine noise,” writes travel expert Christopher Elliot in the Washington Post

In Elliot’s article, he discusses some of the ways fliers can avoid the dreaded middle-seat – but spoiler alert: in most cases, it’s going to involve cash. 

However, here are a couple of his tricks to possibly help you ensure you have a more comfortable ride this summer. 


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