The familiar routine of avoiding the elephant in the room was taken up once more.
Virgin’s new Pendolino trains have special tiny screens set into the carriage walls just above the window, telling you whether the seats 045 and 046 are available, or conversely, not available.
The screens are tiny, the carriage lights shine directly over the faint LED lettering, you have to squint to read them.
So how about a more efficient, faster, easier method of discerning whether the seat is available or not: just look at the bloody seat and decide whether there is someone sitting in it. Old-fashioned perhaps, but less likely to require the utilisation of binoculars.