Christopher Elliott

How to avoid the worst seat on the plane

Oh, the things passengers do to avoid the worst seats on the plane.

They beg. They negotiate. They even lie.

If you’re flying somewhere this summer and aren’t willing to pay extra for a preferred seat in economy class, chances are better than ever that you’ll end up in the dreaded middle seat or relegated to...

Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine. You can read more travel tips on his blog, or e-mail him at

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