Braden Bjella’s article, published on the Daily Dot, examines a TikTok video that gained popularity. The video features a Southwest Airlines flight attendant addressing a common issue on flights – passengers attempting to keep the middle seat empty. In the video, a passenger named Sophie can be seen avoiding eye contact with others in the hopes of preventing someone from sitting next to her. In response, the flight attendant humorously announces that such tactics won’t work on a fully booked flight and even remarks that leaving personal belongings on the seat won’t deter other passengers from sitting there.
The reception to the TikTok video was varied, with some viewers sharing their own strategies for keeping the middle seat empty, while others appreciated the flight attendant’s lighthearted approach to dealing with the situation during boarding. The article concludes by mentioning that the Daily Dot has reached out to Sophie, the passenger in the video, but no updates regarding her response were provided.
The article maintains a neutral tone, primarily focusing on the interpersonal dynamics in a common scenario encountered during commercial air travel. It relies on a TikTok video as its primary source of information, which can be verified. However, the inclusion of comments and reactions from social media users introduces some subjectivity and personal experiences into the narrative. As a result, the article can be considered 70% news and 30% editorial.
This article is 70% likely factual news based on my current analysis.