My seat was changed for a cello

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  1. TravelerRob
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    I have written many times (especially on FT) about AS and how I am either a) downgraded after receiving an upgrade; or b) dealing with a re-assigned seat. One of these two things happens 95% of the time I fly AS. Today was no different and while I'm not surprised it happened I am rather amused and annoyed at why it happened.

    I got the 48-hour DL elite upgrade to "U" on AS 452 today SEA-LAX. I picked 1A as my seat and even did OLCI yesterday and had a BP printed with 1A. When I got to SEA I reprinted my BP and the kiosk said I was in 3F with every seat in FC already assigned. Ok...as I said, I'm used to seat re-assignments on AS so this is good. Hey, it's way better than a downgrade!

    The flight boarded stupid early (45 minutes before departure) and the FC cabin remained half empty until 10 minutes before departure when an entire group of Koreans joined the flight. No idea which flight they all came from but one of the guys is carrying a big cello in a case. I saw him talking with the FC flight attendant and I assumed he was asking to put the cello in the closet. Nope! The man proceeded to put the cello in seat 1A, wrap the seat belt around it and then took a different seat assignment in coach.

    Yes, a cello flew in First Class on AS and its owner flew in a different cabin. I have no problem with the cello in FC...I'm sure the man paid for two seats. I have a problem with my seat being re-assigned yet again for this.

    I did have a good laugh with my seatmate about this. SEA-LAX is only a 2hr15min flight and it's not the end of the world but in the record books of "stupid reasons why I got a seat re-assignment" this is definitely up there with the best.

    -RM
     
  2. perryplatypus

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    That is crazy. If another passenger had a tuba you might have been downgraded!
     
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    ROFL
     
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    Must be an expensive cello.
     
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    I assume the cello was old enough to fly alone, perhaps with payment of an unaccompanied minor fee since it was by itself in FC.
     
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    The cello was probably older than you are I am.
     
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    I believe that Malaysia Airlines is now thinking of adding a NO Cello policy in First Class to go along with the no kids in Business Class policy. It's due to all the noise that a cello makes and it's disruptive to other passengers :D
     
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    I was talking to a cellist once, who was accompanied by his instrument (in coach) and he said the cello had its own ff account. Given it was in first and its owner was not, one has to wonder about their relative status.
     
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    While amusing in its way, there could have been a weight and balance issue; the cello does weigh less than a passenger. In my blog post, I tell about my recent flight with two people (me and my husband) in first along with four seats of luggage.
     
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    I like this thread. This has not happened to me or anybody I have heard about until now. It might have been worth it for the story alone.:)
     
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    It must have gotten a double upgrade.

    If it had gotten only one upgrade, it would have become a viola.
     
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    If this goes on someone might become viol-ent
     
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    It needed the bigger seat for the better notes.
     
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  14. LarryInNYC

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    I thought a cello that got a double upgrade was a double bass?
     
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    That was low.
     
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    The hyperbass flute is even lower, but one would not need an extra seat for one of those, becaue they are so easy to disassemble.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbass_flute

    Does that count?
     
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    Where do you guys come up with this stuff?

    My problems with AS are always weather related.
     
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    We seem to be searching for any way to raise Google's revenues.
     

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