Etihad Airways neighbor-free concept

This next story might be a stretch for tech news on a slow news Friday, but whatever, it's almost the weekend.

Etihad Airways is testing out a new feature that allows passengers to bid on empty seats on the airplane to have them beside them. So basically, if you are successful at winning the bid, you could potentially have the entire row to yourself. So instead of sitting on the plane hoping that a smelly person doesn't sit in that empty seat beside you, you can now guarantee that you get a little elbow room. Pricing and details are still a little unknown, but it's an interesting concept.

The Verge has the full story.

Etihad Airways has introduced a new “Neighbour-Free Seat” concept, allowing passengers to bid on up to three extra empty seats adjacent to their booked seat. If the bid is won, the extra seats will remain vacant for the duration of the passenger’s journey, meaning you could have an entire row all to yourself.

According to Etihad’s site, the bid can be placed when buying your seat. There is a minimum and maximum bid the site will accept per seat, and priority will be given to members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Etihad Guest. If you win the bid, you will be notified 32 hours before your flight departs.