A SAVVY passenger has revealed his ridiculous trick for leaving the seat next to you empty during a flight.
TikTok user @muscadinebloodline8 shared his plan while boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in the US.
More “traditional” tricks usually include: reserving the window and aisle seat with your companion, leaving the middle seat empty so no one is likely to book it, or placing an object like a book or scarf.
Sometimes it can be enough to put on the most aloof facial expression.
You can also try politely asking the check-in agent to seat you next to an empty seat.
But the clever passenger took it a step further with his “mannequin” trick.
Budget airline Southwest Airlines has an “open seating” policy where everyone can simply choose their own seat when boarding the plane.
“Flights in the southwest have free seats.
Once on board, simply select an available seat and stow your carry-on luggage in the overhead bin above your head or under the seat in front of you,” reads a statement on the airline’s website.
With this in mind, the passenger used his arms, his jacket and a cap and formed it as if the seat next to him was already occupied.
It may not be foolproof, but passing passengers can have peripheral vision of the occupied seat.
It’s unknown if the passenger managed to keep the seat empty, but the clip showed people walking past the “occupied” seat without a second glance.
Another frequent flyer has revealed a nifty trick to help you get better seats on the plane.
Ben, who often shares his top travel tips on TikTok, recently explained how the “T-minus 80” rule could make your long flight a lot easier.
He explained further Tick tock: “There is something called the T-80 on Qantas that you should look out for.
“’T’ means taking off and taking 80 hours of it.
“Many seats that have been blocked by the airline often become available.
“So you can still choose a seat even if it looks like there isn’t one available when you log in to T-minus 80.”
“You have to be quick because a lot of people who are in the game know about it, but you can get a better spot.”
A travel expert friend also revealed her genius way to cram more clothes into her carry-on luggage.
Chelsea Dickenson, better known as a cheap vacation expert, came up with her vacation hack after seeing a TikTok user stuffing a giant pillowcase with outfits before embarking on a long-haul flight.