One way to keep an open seat next to you on SouthwestEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Airborne Rescue on Twitter. In response to my tweeting this USA TODAY story about seat-saving on Southwest flights…

“Want the seat next to you to stay vacant on Southwest? Wear a surgical mask and place a box of Kleenex on your lap. Works like a charm! (Unless the plane’s full.)”

Ha! That would work for me. Have you tried this—or have a better strategy? Please share in the comments below.

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8 Comments On "One Way to Keep an Open Seat Next to You on Southwest"
  1. Wayne Brubaker|

    When I board, I look for someone really large (Santa Size) who is already occupying the window or aisle seat. Then I take the other window and aisle seat. Most people pass us by. Merry Xmas!

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  2. Jean Vernon|

    That is like declaring your dog a service dog when it isn’t.

  3. Jodi|

    That’s taking it to the next level. My boyfriend and I got early check in and one of us will take aisle seat and other window near back of plane and hope the flight isn’t full! Worked well coming back from Vegas!

  4. Tom Edwards|

    Ha, nowadays that might get you escorted off the plane!

  5. MR. A. B. JAMES|

    take out a piece of dentotape, about 18 inches. place it between your front teeth and let it dangle!

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  6. Debra H|

    I am a frequent Southwest flyer. As I’m boarding, I ask the agent if the flight is full. If the answer is no, I head to the back of the plane. I put my carry on tote in the middle seat and “organize” myself for the flight until boarding has ended. The middle seats in the rear are the last to go.

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