Which? Travel asked the 10 most popular airlines that operate paid-for seating options to confirm that they seat groups, couples and families together where there is space to do so. All the airlines confirmed that they did, except for Wizz Air and Ryanair.
The consumer organisation analysed the experiences of 3,357 economy passengers and found that, out of those who refused to pay the extra fee to select a seat, 86 per cent ended up seated together anyway.
That figure rises to 90 per cent if Ryanair is excluded from the list of airlines.
Some airlines (including BA, Thomas Cook and Tui) state that children under 12 will always be seated with at least one adult.
“Unless you are flying with Ryanair or Wizz Air or fancy a little extra legroom, it’s not worth paying more to choose your seat, as you’ll be seated next to your travelling companions anyway. It’s worrying to hear that parents are being separated from young children.” Rory Boland, Which? travel editor
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