People have their own ways and methods to avoid having strangers sit next to them on a plane, but this one is a little different.
A TikTok user has revealed the funny and clever way he keeps the seat next to him empty when flying on Southwest Airlines, The Sun reports.
The video, later deleted by the original user but shared by other TikTok accounts, shows the man using a dummy as bait to make people think the seat next to him is full.
The viral video first shows the grinning man holding up his hoodie and hat using only his arms.
The camera then zooms in to show the man with his fist raised in the air, where the hat rests, while he has a black hoodie draped over his arm, making him look like a human being.
Passengers boarding the plane walked past the empty seats, oblivious to this silly tactic and seemed to be looking for other seats.
Travel guru Chelsea Dickenson shares some helpful advice for travelers looking to avoid awkward seating arrangements on flights.
Dickenson advises passengers to travel in groups, but when booking a flight, one person needs to make sure one person has a window seat and the other person has an aisle seat.
Dickinson preached that this would likely keep strangers from being stuck in the middle seat.
Dickenson added that a simpler suggestion would be for passengers to book a seat near the back of the plane, or choose a seat in row 13, “because a lot of people think that’s unlucky,” she said.
Southwest Airlines is also getting in on the fun, creating a parody in a TikTok skit for those who want to “go their own way” or “go the highway” on their flights.
The humorous video shows a man wearing his happiest face as he welcomes passengers to sit next to him.
Responding to the video, one user said: “I was on a plane last week and the lady sitting in the row across from me pretended to vomit in a barf bag the entire boarding process.”
“My favorite thing is holding an airsickness bag and panting,” one commenter replied.
“I’d love to try this if my flights weren’t canceled so often,” one user replied, jokingly taking a jab at the airline.