You know that feeling when your airplane seat ends up being the worst one available? Chris had this experience recently on an international flight. He paid extra for an exit row, thinking he would enjoy some legroom on this 8-hour journey. However, his plan backfired when a large column obstructed his space, providing less legroom than a regular Economy seat. Clearly, he didn't know about Seat Guru. This free phone application provides information about every seat available on your upcoming flight. All you have to do is input your airline, flight number, and travel date.
I'm flying home for Thanksgiving this week and turned to Seat Guru for seat advice. Normally, I gravitate towards the window seat of the exit row. However, on this particular Boeing 737, the note for that seat says:
This seat is less padded than other seats on this aircraft. The tray table is on the seat back in front of you, which can be a bit far away for shorter passengers. It can get very cold by the exits during flight. This window seat has a slightly downward tilt, which can be uncomfortable."
Uh, no thanks. I will not be choosing that seat this week. Seat Guru also warns you about issues such as broken electrical outlets, missing recliners, seats without a window, seats prone to being knocked by service carts, etc. I'm not a fan of sitting on an airplane (honestly, who is?), so I'll do whatever I can to maximize comfort during a flight. Seat Guru is a must for those of you flying somewhere this holiday season!