Jostling to get seats when boarding has always been a problem when using budget airlines and this is particularly the case for Seniors whose scrummaging skills may not be as good as they were! Paying extra to pre-book seats is possible with some airlines, but can add a lot to the fare.
So I was very pleased when checking in online last week for an easyJet flight from Liverpool to Alicante (for an out-of-season touring holiday, to be reported soon), to find that I was given seat numbers for myself and wife (next to one another) for both the outward and return journeys, with no charge.
On checking with easyJet staff at the airport I was informed that as of November 27th seats are allocated on all their routes on checking in, whether online or at the airport.
That is the good news, but now for the bad news. The plane from Liverpool to Alicante was full and there was insufficient space for all the cabin baggage. So it became a bit of a jostle to stow baggage on board, or have it in front of your feet, or moved to the hold with subsequent delays.
Budget airlines have long tried to persuade us to take only cabin baggage so they should make certain there is enough room for it, maybe by replacing a few seats with a stowage area.
Nevertheless, I think this is an important advance by easyJet, useful when booking both flights and easyJet holidays with them. Let’s hope other budget airlines follow suit.