Qatar Airways Complaint - BEWARE: Seating Shenanigans
If you are travelling on QATAR from JFK, New York you should make sure that you check your boarding pass for the seat assigned to you. Many people choose a particular airline and a particular flight due to the availability of preferred seats, especially on long flights such as JFK to Doha, and may buy a more expense ticket only due to the availiability of preferred seats. QATAR check-in staff, however, changes your pre-selected seats at check-in without even informing you of the change. The Terms of Carriage do allow the airline to change seats for security, safety or operational reasons, however, you do not want to fall victim to QATAR staff's shenanigans to oblige friends and family members. Please inform the QATAR staff member checking you in that you pre-selected seats when buying the ticket and check your boarding pass once it has been issued. If your seat has been changed, ask for the reason. Once you are hoodwinked into sitting for 14 hours on a middle seat of row 42 rather than the aisle seat of row 14 you paid good money for, any good features of the airline, which are not exceptional anyway, are meaningless to you. QATAR is NOT the cheapest airline operating on the US-South Asia routes either. If you have to be extremely uncomfortable or be a victim to dishonest practices, you can do so for a few hundred dollars less.