"Keep in Sight" seat tag?

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On the Pennsylvanian today I noticed that at one seat a conductor used a tag "Keep In Sight." I've never seen that before. The passenger was traveling alone but did not appear to be a minor, nor did he create any issues at any point. Interesting.
 

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On the Pennsylvanian today I noticed that at one seat a conductor used a tag "Keep In Sight." I've never seen that before. The passenger was traveling alone but did not appear to be a minor, nor did he create any issues at any point. Interesting.
Possibly that person just had special needs. Would be my guess. You don’t put an obviously visible tag like that without the person knowing, so I would assume it was some sort of accommodation.
 

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On the Pennsylvanian today I noticed that at one seat a conductor used a tag "Keep In Sight." I've never seen that before. The passenger was traveling alone but did not appear to be a minor, nor did he create any issues at any point. Interesting.
I thought all the seat tags said that?
 
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Mine are usually just a blank piece of cardstock (often blue or yellow for some reason) with my destination city code scrawled with a Sharpie. We don't seem to get fancy, printed, official seat checks out here.

So, no, they don't all say it.
 

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So, no, they don't all say it.
Most, if not all, of them do. But depending on the route, the conductor just writes on the blank side and that’s the side that shows. Turn it around and all the official pre-printed stuff that nobody ever pays attention to will show: Google Image Result for https://www.sanspotter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtrak_pacific_surfliner_business_class_los_angeles_to_san_diego_review_28.jpg

What’s interesting is that each route has its own system that conductors use to identify destinations. Particularly corridor trains, which have high ridership and relatively few destinations - they’ll just make a mark or two, or write a number referencing the destination.
 

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Most, if not all, of them do. But depending on the route, the conductor just writes on the blank side and that’s the side that shows. Turn it around and all the official pre-printed stuff that nobody ever pays attention to will show: Google Image Result for https://www.sanspotter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtrak_pacific_surfliner_business_class_los_angeles_to_san_diego_review_28.jpg

What’s interesting is that each route has its own system that conductors use to identify destinations. Particularly corridor trains, which have high ridership and relatively few destinations - they’ll just make a mark or two, or write a number referencing the destination.
Yup. That’s what they look like! Saved me from digging through my scrapbook! Ha
 

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It is funny how they all say keep in sight and take it with you but I feel that most conductors would get pissed if you messed with your seat check.
 

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I just peeked at my timetable exhibit shelf where I have 4 pink tags from about 10 years ago and they have KEEP IN SIGHT printed on the bottom. I'm sure that is meant in reference to conductor's eyes so (s)he knows whether or not a seat is already occupied.
 

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It is funny how they all say keep in sight and take it with you but I feel that most conductors would get pissed if you messed with your seat check.
I think the “take it with you” is meant for if you change seats. If that’s the case they need to make it clearer. They certainly don’t mean take it with you when you go to the cafe car or the bathroom as then someone might take your seat while you’re gone.
 

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In the situation I referenced at the top, the passenger sat by himself and had two tags at his seat: "Keep In Sight" and a blank with a check mark indicating he was going the complete trip to Pittsburgh.
 

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In the situation I referenced at the top, the passenger sat by himself and had two tags at his seat: "Keep In Sight" and a blank with a check mark indicating he was going the complete trip to Pittsburgh.
And you think this is unusual?
 

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Did you both ride end-to-end? If not, how do you know that both seat checks were his?
I rode from New York to Pittsbugh, as did the passenger in question. He was the only one in Business Class who had two seat checks, one showing "Kep In Sight" and the other plain with the check mark. As we arrived in Pittsburgh he was escorted by the conductor to another car.
 

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I rode from New York to Pittsbugh, as did the passenger in question. He was the only one in Business Class who had two seat checks, one showing "Kep In Sight" and the other plain with the check mark. As we arrived in Pittsburgh he was escorted by the conductor to another car.
Well, for whatever reason he needed to be escorted to another car, sounds like the conductor just used the extra seat check of a different design that he had on hand so he could find him when it was time to escort him -- nothing complicated.
 

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Let's see if I can put an end to the squabble.

Was one of the seat checks a bright, lime green?
I don't view this as a squabble. I was merely curious because I have never noticed this before despite having a long history of riding Amtrak. That said, I honstly do not remember the color. It may have been lime green.
 

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Let's see if I can put an end to the squabble.

Was one of the seat checks a bright, lime green?
I had an orange one, as I recall, on the Cardinal once. Made it easy for me to find my seat.
Is the lime one for a blind person?
 
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