The first flight to Heathrow this morning used bmi's A320 from the now defunct Moscow route. It has luxurious seating installed at the front, two seats on either side of the aisle, rather than the normal three, and with lots of extra leg room.
As a result, there are six rows squeezed into the usual eight, and the row numbers run 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, ...
Although checked in for 8C, there was no room at the inn when I got on the plane this morning! Usually they catch it at check-in or going through the lounge. But today, communications had broken down, and passengers expecting to be hunched up behind the business class curtain were left loitering at the front of the plane waiting for a decision from the dispatcher on where to sit.
Perhaps a seat in the near-empty business rows (like the last time it happened) to compensate for hanging around like unwanted stowaways? After all, us nitwits that check in early are wanting off the flight quickly and sitting in those rows deliberately.
"Find any free seat you want ... behind the curtain!"