Obnoxious: Woman Uses Bags of Doughnuts to Save Seats on Southwest

by Anthony Losanno
Southwest Dunkin

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I’m not a fan of Southwest. I like to have an assigned seat and don’t want to deal with the stress of having to jockey for a desirable space with open seating like the carrier offers. One woman recently figured out an obnoxious way to block seats so that others would pass them up. She placed several bags of Dunkin Donuts across an entire row.

Woman saving an entire row of plane seats behind her with donut bags.
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As View from the Wing reported earlier today, a woman placed three bags of doughnuts across an entire row of seats behind her on a Southwest flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) in order to reserve the seats for others in her party. According to the post on Reddit, she repeatedly lied and told other passengers that the three had gone to the bathroom. A flight attendant was apparently also aware of the situation and did not get involved.

Anthony’s Take: This isn’t right. If you want to save a seat next to you for a travel companion, I’m okay with that. But reserving an entire row when people pay more to board early and snag seats is not fair and the flight attendant should have gotten involved. Another example of selfish behavior while on a plane.

(Featured Image Credit: @Hog_Fan via Reddit.)

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Christian December 30, 2023 - 3:45 pm

I see it as someone leaving me a welcome gift. I really, really don’t like the Southwest seating system, exactly because of bs like this. Since Southwest doesn’t fly to my home airport this normally doesn’t matter but I absolutely refuse to let some jerk keep me from taking an empty seat of my choice, pretty much no matter what. Sorry about the diatribe but this is a huge pet peeve for me.

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Phyllis December 31, 2023 - 11:35 am

I totally agree. But I love Southwest and since they don’t charge for seating or checked bags, I am fine with their seating plan. I, being the b.t.h that I am, would have taken one of the seats and the bag of donuts and thanked whoever left them there for me. Let them argue about it.

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