I recently came across a quite interesting problem: "One hundred passengers are lined up to board a full flight. The first passenger lost his boarding pass and decides to choose a seat randomly. Each subsequent passenger (responsible enough to not lose their boarding pass) will sit in his or her assigned seat if it is free and, otherwise, randomly choose a seat from those remaining. What is the probability that the last passenger will get to sit in his assigned seat?"
I figured out that the probability would be 0.5. If you would like to know why I would link you to another topic on this site where this problem was discussed. Taking Seats on a Plane
However, I kept thinking about what the probability would be if there were multiple people who lost their boarding pass. So for example, the first 5 people out of the 100 passengers lost their boarding pass so they take a random seat. Every person that boards the plane after him will either take their "proper" seat, or if that seat is taken, a random seat instead. Then what is the probability that the last passenger will get to sit in his assigned seat? I have trouble figuring it out and I hope that some of you could help me.
Thanks in advance!