When checking in online, the ‘two’ of us were not assigned two seats together and all other seats on the seat map were unavailable. We were led to believe the flight was really full. Let’s see inflight if we could swap seats with other passengers. Situation like this can happen sometimes on fully booked flights. Once on board, to our surprise and dismay, the flight was at most half full with plenty of vacant seats around our assigned ones. The same happened for the return. We didn’t pay any more attention to that until reading an article today about the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK reviewing airlines’ seating policies, which deliberately splitting up groups of passengers so they would pay to sit together. We truly believe that’s what happened to us. It’s a shame some airlines resort to this unfair practice just to make a few more bucks out of passengers (to the expense of their image)! Apart from the seating issue, as usual, we love the inflight service on Hop!