Entries in Seats (3)


Thieves Across Country Stealing SUV Seats

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thieves across the country are in many cases not targeting expensive SUVs parked in driveways and parking lots.  Instead, they are stealing the third row of seats from the vehicles for up to a $1,000 profit.

Ivan Barahona, an SUV owner, parked his vehicle in his Dallas driveway, and made sure nothing valuable was inside and locked it up.  But a trio still broke into the back, and within seconds, removed part of the seats.  Within 40 seconds, the entire back row in the vehicle was gone.

“It feels really bad because people work really hard for what they have,” Barahona said.

Police say so-called “third seat theft” is on the rise, particularly in Texas and California.

Replacement seats are in demand by SUV owners whose row of seats has been damaged or worn out.  Detectives say the crooks can get about $1,000 for the seats on sites like Craigslist or in a salvage yard -- a sizable payoff for 40 seconds of work.

Police often recover the stolen seats but have no way of reuniting them with their rightful owner, which is why Los Angeles police are encouraging owners to engrave their SUV’s vehicle identification number onto the bottom of those seats.

“It’s something that’s very simple.  With a little bit of time and effort people can protect themselves,” Det. Mike Ventura with the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Even something as inexpensive as a bike lock will slow crooks down.  Locking up seats is a good investment, because replacing a stolen third seat at the dealership can cost up to $4,000.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Airline Adds ‘No Kids’ Section

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What do airlines -- and travelers, for that matter -- have against kids?  From in-flight nannies to possible fees for sitting together, it seems as if the airline industry is bent on making it harder for kids to fly.

Now, another Asian carrier has decided to add a no-kids section to its flights.  Low-cost airline AirAsia will ban children under 12 in rows 7-14, the rows directly behind the airline’s premium flat bed seats, “because we know that sometimes all you need is some peace and quiet for a more pleasant journey with us.”

According to the carrier’s website, no travelers with a person under 12 in their group will be able to book those seats.  Travelers without kids who wish to reserve the kid-free seats can do so at no extra cost on the carrier’s website.

The new section is called Quiet Zone.  According to AirAsia, it offers:

  • Minimal noise with less disturbance.
  • Seats near the front of the aircraft.
  • Ambiance with soft lighting.

Quiet Zone is bookable for travel February 2013 and on.  Passengers holding tickets for travel in February and beyond can reserve their seats now.

The airline’s seat map shows three spots on the aircraft reserved for baby bassinets.  One of those is immediately in front of the premium flat bed seats.

Malaysia airlines has reportedly banned kids in first class for years, thought there’s never been official word from the airline on the matter.  The airline did, however, recently create an adults-only seating section on the upper deck of aircraft on its London-Kuala Lumpur route.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obese Customer Sues White Castle over Small Seats

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A nearly 300-pound New York man has filed a lawsuit against White Castle, claiming the fast food restaurant went back on a two-year-old promise to enlarge its seats to help customers of his size.

Martin Kessman tells The New York Post the restaurant's executives promised renovations that never came to be.

"They sent me specs...about how the booths were going to enlarged," Kessman tells the paper, noting he's able to fit in the seats of other fast food joints, and on airplanes.  "They're stationary booths.  I'm not humongous, [but] I'm a big guy.  I could not wedge myself in."

It was an uncomfortable visit to a White Castle in Nanuet, New Jersey in 2009 that prompted Kessman to send an angry letter to the company, which netted him some coupons for free hamburgers -- which he redeemed.

"But the cheese was extra," he noted.

Kessman is seeking the renovations and unspecified damages.

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