I don't know why I never thought of this scheme before. If I had been doing this since the onset of the internet and selecting your seats on your flight at purchase, this may have worked a few times. But, Doh! I just thought of it a few weeks ago when we booked our trip, and in this day and age it is rare for a flight to fly much less than full.
On a plane that has 3 seats, and aisle, and 3 more seats, a pair of travellers could select the window and the aisle seat, leaving the middle seat, hoping a lone traveller would not later select that seat, giving the original couple all 3 seats to themselves. Genius!
Problem is it doesnt work. Now we have had stranger come between us, lol. Such a good plan. At least we tried. Im sure the stranger will switch with us and take the aisle, so we will be right where we would be if I had selected seats the "normal" way, :). I had been checking the seating chart often in the last few weeks, thinking I was really slick!
Has anyone else done this and it worked?