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Swiss Rail urged to tackle 'seat blockers'

National News // Sept. 5, 2017

Swiss federal Railways are being urged to take a tougher line with ‘Seat Blockers’. These are passengers who use a spare seat next to them to put their luggage on.

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In some cases people refuse to move their stuff to make room for someone to sit.

President of ‘Pro Bahn’, a passenger rights group, Karin Blättler, says there are increased conflicts with other passengers.

Swiss Federal Railways point out a ticket is for one seat only and inspectors already have the power to compel someone to pay extra if they are taking up too much space. But they also say in most cases, people will remove luggage from seats if asked. 

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