I have a knack for getting an empty seat next to me when I fly Southwest.
On more than 60% of my 2010 flights I sat in the window seat and had an empty middle seat. In January 2011, I flew with Southwest 11 times and had an empty middle seat 7 times. (The other 4 were completely full flights with no empty seats.)
As I bragged about this to my friends, they began to wonder: How in the world is Adam doing that?
I’m not going to share all of my tricks. (Here’s a blog with some decent tips) But one thing that definitely helps looks like this:
- Make sure you are in the A boarding group
- Sit in a window seat, then place a book or your iPod/headphones in the middle seat.
It’s the book detail that my friends bring up and eventually resulted in the graphic you see above. More often than not I am reading a non-fiction Christian book like Kenda-Creasy Deans Almost Christian or John Ortberg’s Faith and Doubt. For some reason those types of titles tend to cause on-coming passengers to continue moving towards the back of the plane more than the latest issue of Sports Illustrated or Wired.
That’s the genesis of this fake book cover. My friends and I hypothesized, “If people won’t sit next to me because I’m reading a book with a Christian title, what would happen if I made a fake book cover with an overtly Christian title AND made the book about evangelism?”
That’s how this was born.
How to Share Your Faith on a Plane: 25 Scenarios for Converting This Flight from Transportation to Transformation
- Download the pdf.
- Print/cut it to the size you need. (The original size is the size of a standard hard cover book with a jacket)
- Replace the jacket your book came with and follow the tips on the back cover.