When your flight is several hours, cross country, or an overnight redeye flight, getting an entire row to yourself can make your flight more comfortable. These seven tricks can turn what could have been a miserable overnight (or long) flight into a flat bed flying experience.
On some flights having your own row is better than flying in First Class. Say what? Yep, that’s because you can lie flat and stretch out.
Although I wouldn’t choose an entire row in coach over flying in Business or First Class on American Airlines’s A321 flight from Los Angeles to New York or San Francisco to New York.
But how exactly can you score an entire row to yourself on the plane? Here’s how to get an entire row to yourself (or at least an empty seat next to you).
1. Eat Refried Beans
“Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot.” Need I say more?
Plain and simple, eat refried beans, broccoli, cabbage or some other food item that gives you gas.
Your seatmates won’t be able to clear out of their seats fast enough to find another row.
2. Eat Buffalo Wings
Another way to clear the seats next to you is to eat buffalo wings or anything with buffalo wing sauce before or during your flight. Eating hot sauce can give you serious body odor.
And you should be seriously dedicated to getting an entire row to yourself because buffalo wings can cause stomach issues and diarrhea. (Not what you want to have during a long flight.)
Garlic can also cause body odor. So eating garlic bread could be a better option.
3. Wear Lots of Perfume
If you’d rather skip the buffalo wings, you can mimic body odor by wearing lots of perfume. The eau de toilette smell may drive people away. But remember you only want to mimic the smell of a toilet and not actually smell like one.
4. Take Off Your Shoes
Got stinky feet? Take off your shoes and fan the odor away from you and towards the people sitting next to you on your flight.
5. Fake Being Sick
Fake a cold by blowing your nose and or coughing a lot will almost guarantee that no one will voluntarily sit next to you.
6. Travel With a Baby
It’s all about you and your vacation right? So bring your baby and who cares what the other passengers think. Or just pretend you have an infant by holding a blankie close to your chest and making soothing noises. If the fake baby routine doesn’t work, the people near you will think you’re crazy and move.
7. Pick Your Nose
Kick up the gross factor by picking your nose. This totally creeps me out and it’s all I can do to not hand someone a Kleenex. You can be sure I’m hand sanitizing everything that person touches.
Keep in mind that these travel hacks will only work if there are empty seats on the plane. If your flight is full, no matter how many of these tricks you use you’re out of luck.
You can get a whole row to yourself on a plane by following these simple tips.
Drive away your seatmates by preplanning and eating refried beans and buffalo wings before your flight.
Or use the stink factor to your advantage by wearing lots of perfume and taking off your shoes.
You can also fake being sick or picking your nose. Even going as far as faking that you have a baby.
This was a tongue in cheek post, not to be taken seriously. I do not endorse or recommend, nor have I tried any of these tricks to get a row to myself on a plane.
I wrote this post having just flown a redeye across the country, in a fully booked flight and my upgrade didn’t clear.
That said, have you ever used one of these tactics to get an entire row to yourself on a plane?
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