We're not made of money, so we can't often afford to fly in any class higher than economy where you're packed like cattle in seats with very little leg room. If you're extra unlucky you'll get an oversized man-spreader in the seat next to you, spilling into your personal space.
It can get annoying, but unless we want to remortgage the houses we don't own, it looks like we're stuck in a cramped spot for the foreseeable future. Unless you follow this clever trick, that is, which could help you to find a seat on the plane which has an empty one next to it. Imagine the luxury. All that space to spread out and sleep.
There are two ways to improve your chances of being sat next to an empty seat, dependent on whether you're travelling with someone or on your own.
According to LifeHacker, if you're travelling with one other person you can massively up your chances of having a spare seat nearby by booking the window seat and the aisle seat of the same row. Airlines are unlikely to fill the middle one unless the flight is completely packed, which means you and your pal will have an entire row to yourselves. Good to know, eh?
If you're travelling on your own there are two options. Again, it's all about picking the right seats. If you have the opportunity to select yours before you fly, go for a seat at the back of the plane, preferably on an aisle, because middle seats are the least favoured, which means the one next to you is likely to be left vacant.
The other idea is courtesy of Daraius Dubash from Million Mile Secrets. He suggests downloading your airline's app, and checking the seating plan while you're waiting at the airport. If it looks like all the seats around you are taken, wait until you get to the gate and then switch your seat for one in a quieter spot on the plane. Apparently this can work right up to the last minute, according to Dubash.
If the airline's app doesn't allow you to switch seats after you've checked in, simply use the seating plan to check where's available and then ask airline staff at the gate if they can swap you.
Now you go and enjoy lounging about with all that space.
Source: Cosmo UK