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How to get a seat
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If single, smile sweetly at a young man who is seated. With any luck he’ll sense the opportunity to impress and jump up quicker than you can say ‘nice suit’.

If you have a boyfriend, position him a little further up the area between the seats so he can save you the seat if the one directly in front or behind him becomes vacant. Others may hate you for it but it’s a perfectly acceptable method. If he takes the seat instead, dump him!

How to get a seat

Carry big or multiple bags. These can be empty but noone else needs to know that. Couple it with some looks of anguish and swapping your arms over to hold them will add to the act. Someone is bound to give you a seat if they think you are struggling.

When you get on the tube, aim to get right in the middle of the two rows of seats. Even if the train is packed, some purposeful and continuous, but not aggressive, edging towards this area is advised.

How to get a seatIf you are standing in between the two rows of seats the unspoken rule is that the seat directly in front and behind you is yours. If someone gets up from one of these two areas, you are entitled to that seat and if anyone else moves towards it, hold your space.

Be prepared. As the tube moves towards the next station, tell-tale signs of people likely to disembark are: the closing of books, the squinting at the tube map to see what the next station is, looking out of the window or any other sort of fidgeting which looks like they are preparing for something. This preparation will give you the edge over other seat hopefuls.

If an elderly person or pregnant woman is standing next to you and noone is letting them sit down, shame them. Try looking at the person who is least likely to give up their seat and say ‘excuse me, do you think you could give up your seat for this person’, they will be so embarrassed you will have shamed them into jumping up like a jack-in-the-box. Then, if you’re really lucky someone else sitting next to them will also jump up and then instead of sitting back down again may offer you their seat instead. Sketchy and not always successful but at least you look like a saint for standing up for other commuters.

If all else fails and you are still desperate for a seat and need to step things up a bit try feeling your forehead, shifting on your feet and fanning yourself. People will be scared you’ll faint and decide that delaying their journey trumps having a comfortable journey so may offer you theirs.

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