Okay while I'm waiting for someone to tell me if it's okay to put furniture over closed registers, I will share one story.
Another ticket seat snafu, where they assigned us 2 and 2 and 1 in subsequent rows. Of course they don't let you change the seats before you get to the gate for whatever stupid reason. Get to the gate, and stupid person says they can't change our seats. Also says we can't preboard with all our kids, so we can get there before everyone else to potentially ask if we can trade seats. And of course flight attendants are so busy they can't really help you in real time for these things.
So I'm sitting with Ian, and DH I thought was going to sit with the girls and pre-empt person to trade seats. Ian is high-maintenance, so I don't see DH goes to his assigned seat, dumbass. Guy takes seat next to girls and DH tells him the situation, and asks if he can trade seats.
Guy says, no, I paid for this seat and I'm sitting here.
DH says, sir, it's going to be a very long flight for all of us if I can't sit next to my kids. Please reconsider.
Guy says no thanks.
DH is on the verge of having giant meltdown, but says fine. If they are loud, spill stuff on you, cry, whatever, it's on you. I can't do anything about it from here.
So girls sit next to ****head, which infuriates me for about 5-10 minutes until flight attendents come to close all the bins and such. Then flight attendants ask DH where his kids are, and he tells them he tried to change seats with guy, and he wouldn't move. Flight attendant asks him to move, and he resists. Flight attendant assumes guy has language barrier and probably makes issue worse, but gets him to move.
I don't begrudge anyone asking for special favors if they have to change seats, I totally understand you *should* get what you pay for. I am equally frustrated you can tell the airline online you are travelling with small children as you are purchasing your tickets, and they not only don't tell you your seat assignments until after you buy but put you in distant seats. But seriously, I have never seen anyone like that.
But otherwise the flight went ok. The kids were very well behaved. I was kind of hoping they'd kick the guys seat the whole flight, but they didn't.