Sitting in the middle seat on an airplane is tough. Which arm rests can you claim? Where can you really rest your head to nap on a long flight? Who on either side of you seems more likely to get up if you need to use the bathroom?
Well, if you're a solo female traveler who's flying on Indian airline Vistara, your days of worrying about these issues are over. The Delhi-based brand will now offer preferred seating to women traveling alone, which means only window or aisle spots. The airline will also offer assistance with baggage and airport navigation as a part of its new program, reports Bloomberg.
Sanjiv Kapoor, Vistara's chief strategy and commercial officer, said that the airport began thinking about implementing its new program after it noticed that women were oftentimes seeking help after they deplaned.
There may, however, be a more dangerous explanation for the change in Vistara's policy. India is quickly gaining a reputation as a country unsafe for women traveling alone due to the rising prevalence of sexual assault in the country.
"Our staff is equipped to help women traveling alone," Kapoor told Bloomberg. "This service is a sincere effort to ensure peace of mind of our women customers."
The U.S. State Department warns women against traveling by themselves in India. Australia and the U.K. also warn against the practice, saying that sexual assault cases in India rarely result in successful prosecution.