arno&caroline Posted July 30, 2008 Report Share Posted July 30, 2008 I have traveled many times in South Africa, but only twice internationally and am still not sure what the best seats are on the plane (I am talking economy seats only).I am not a small chap (tall and lets say, comfortable around the waist but not way too much... too many Castles and watching Rugby, more than actually playing Rugby ) and find the airplane seats way, way, way too small. In local flights it is normally not so bad, as it is over so quickly, but the super long international flight becomes completely unbearable less than a quarter of the way into the flight. The leg room is a problem, but I can manage... the big problem is the width of the seats. In local flights I normally pick the window seat for the following reasons:- The armrest on the window side can normally lift up and that gives valuable extra width.- the middle seat is just plain not an option- the aisle seat allows easy access to the aisle for a stretch of legs, but everybody that walks along the aisle invariably bumps your elbow and I have had coffee spilled on me a few times already when the stewardess pores for someoneOn my last flight to Germany I picked the window seat and to my horror discovered that the window side armrest can not be swiveled out of the way... why this has been done is a mystery. The earphone socket is also positioned in a very ridiculous place. There is precious little width space as is and then they force that in there also. I always hear of people advising that the emergency and first rows are the best with regard to space, so on my return leg from Germany I booked seat on the front row... biggest mistake ever!!! Never ever will I take this seat again. :thumbdown: There is only marginally more legs room, but the little that was gained by that was vastly overshadowed by the huge reduction in width, due to the TV that they have swiveling into the armrest. When I got to the seat and tried to sit down, I literally sat down on the armrests and had to almost hop up and down a few times before finally squishing into the minute gap. I felt like I was stuck and could only get out with some assistance. There was no way that I could slide the headphone's socket between me and the armrest, never mind plugging it in. I thus had no sound and the fancy (now useless) swivel out TV staid in it's slot most of the way. The flight was full to the gills (as usual) and there was no option of swapping seats.I have never been on an international flight that was lees than full and have only heard people talking about have three seats all to themselves and dossing stretched out all the way. For some or other reason taking a nap in the aisle is seriously frowned upon by stewardesses, people needing the loo urgently, etc. and thus have to be ruled out... or is there a secret, out of the way spot that I am not aware of?? The question is thus, what other seats in economy class are maybe better than the rest, as I have a few hours between arriving at J'burg international (or OT or what ever the next name is that will be dreamed up by the money wasters) arrival and departure and can thus (hopefully) book a good seat... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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