This has to be one of the dumber things I’ve done on a plane. I’m flying from Toronto to New York today on an A320, which is just a short 90 minute flight gate-to-gate. I was booked in an exit row aisle seat, though was a bit scatterbrained this morning, as I often am. I’m not really an Air Canada frequent flyer (this is actually my first time flying them in economy), so when I boarded, I sat down in what I thought was seat 18C, an aisle seat in one of the exit rows.
I quickly opened my laptop as I was in the middle of finishing something prior to boarding, so I wasn’t at all aware of my surroundings. About two minutes later a lady came up to me and said “excuse me, are you in 19C?”
I noticed I wasn’t. “I’m supposed to be in 18C, I’m really sorry, I’m not paying attention.”
“That’s fine, we can trade.”
“Okay, if you don’t mind…”
That was nice of her, I thought.
About 30 seconds later I thought to myself “man, this is a tight exit row, how are they supposed to evacuate people through here?” I looked over to the window, and saw that the two rows in front of me were in fact the exit rows. I had been so focused on my laptop that I hadn’t even realized the lack of legroom, or what had just happened.
Since it was only a few seconds later I was going to ask for my seat back, but since I had already agreed, I figured that wasn’t nice, and I’d pay the consequences of my decision.
Fortunately this was just a short flight, but I can’t believe it took me several minutes to realize I wasn’t in an exit row. Oops.