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Airplane Seats

Goblins and Gremlins of Travel: A Halloween Round-Up

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.31.2016 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The fear of yellow brick: Of seeing the stuff in museums, or monuments -- or maybe just along the edge of a Siena sidewalk. Is this a typical phobia...

Could This Airplane Bench Give Us More Room On Planes?

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.23.2016 | Travel

We all know that airplane seats are far from perfect these days. Many designs have attempted to solve the problem of increasingly little space, but wi...

Making the Best of the Middle Seat

Map Happy | Posted 02.03.2017 | Travel
Map Happy

The middle seat. (Just writing that gave me chills.)  This post originally appeared on Map Happy. Few things are more reviled in travel. What ...

These Are The Absolute Worst Seats On Airplanes

SmarterTravel | Posted 12.01.2016 | Travel

Everyone agrees that legroom is a huge deal. But it's not the only way that airplane seats come up short. Some won't recline. Others are constantly bombarded with the scent of the airplane lavatory. Point is, there are many ways your seat can disappoint.

Make Your Seats Big Enough to Fit Actual People: An Open Letter to Airlines Everywhere

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel
Erin McKelle

This is my call for airlines to make their seats larger, so fat people can travel without experiencing shame, humiliation, or discomfort. Everyone deserves to fly without enduring these hardships and it's time that we start talking about it.

Why You Should Always Know What Kind Of Plane You're On

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel

Although some important factors, like noise or smoothness, are inherent to the plane model itself, others depend on how each airline outfits its planes.

The Curse of the Window Seat

Map Happy | Posted 04.28.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

It wasn't until I became a permanent migrant to the aisle that I realized that the person in the window seat is really truly the person that holds the entire power, often in ways that aren't fully appreciated.

Lufthansa First Class to Frankfurt

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Founded in 1953, Lufthansa is one of Europe's premier airlines. With a fleet of 668 aircraft serving over 200 destinations, there are a variety of different cabin configurations out there.

How To Get The Best Seat On A Plane

Fodor's | Posted 01.19.2015 | Travel

If you've ever traveled on a commercial jet, you probably know to avoid picking the middle seat in a row of three. If you purchase a last-minute ticket or you didn't select a seat before check-in, you might not have any other choice but to sit between two strangers on a long transcontinental flight, but assuming you do have your pick of where to sit, it's worth spending a few minutes to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck.

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Americans Are On Team Recliner In The Airplane Seat Wars | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.30.2014 | Travel

The fight over whether it's rude to recline your airplane seat has led to the diversion of two flights in one week after passengers began fighting -- ...

Here's How Your Flight Could Be So Much Better

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel

Gone are the days when air travel felt like a luxurious adventure filled with fancy meals and lots of legroom. These days, unless you're sitting up in...

Delta Makes Networking At 35,000 Feet Easier Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel

What if, instead of dreading who your seatmate might be on your next flight, you looked forward to the experience? That's what Delta Air Lines is a...

The Airplane Smells Like Farts... And 4 Other Travel Annoyances

Caitlyn Becker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Caitlyn Becker

With the crazy expensive cost of flying these days one would think that you would have a pleasant, even 5 star experience traveling the friendly skies. But, if you're like most people, you're shelling out a big chunk of change to fly coach and there is little, if anything, friendly about it.

Travel 'Perks' That Aren't Always as Good as They Sound

SmarterTravel | Posted 08.05.2013 | Travel

Have you ever paid for a travel perk that left you wishing you had kept your wallet shut? It's often best to ignore the hype--or at least investigate the truth behind for-fee (or even free) perks before you book. Here are seven disappointing travel perks that I've encountered.

A More Comfy Transcontinental Flight

Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel

Flights across the U.S. are about to get a lot more comfortable for business class passengers. United Airlines announced Monday the rollout of a ne...

The Single Worst Airplane Seat Ever

Posted 01.25.2013 | Travel

Seriously, you would not want to get stuck sitting here on a long flight -- or, really, any flight.

Finding The Best Airplane Seat

Chris Lopinto | Posted 03.16.2013 | Travel
Chris Lopinto

Airlines will generally hold back certain choice seats for assignment to their elite frequent flyers. If these seats are not assigned they will then be released at the airport just before flight time.

PHOTOS: Which Candidate Makes The Best Seat Mate?

Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel

Some of the most popular politicians in the country aren't up for election on Tuesday, a new survey of fliers reveals. Working from a poll of more ...

How To Pick The Right Airline Seat | Posted 12.29.2012 | Travel

Have you ever experienced this scenario? You are nearly finished with the online booking for your next flight when the airline's reservation system prompts you to select a seat. You are stumped. Which seat do you pick? How do you know if 8A is better than 14C? What if you end up in one of those seats that don't recline?

Even More About Those AA Seats

Christine Negroni | Posted 12.04.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Passengers think of airline seats mostly in terms of space and comfort (most often noticing the absence of both) but the news that American Airlines has grounded eight of the Boeing 757s in its fleet after some seats shifted in flight is all about safety.

Are Airplane Seats Strong Enough For Overweight Passengers? | CHRISTINE NEGRONI | Posted 05.08.2012 | Travel

More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified ...

The Future Of Airplane Seats? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Man has made large metal people carriers fly. From here on in, it's all just a tweaking of the original concept: fly it faster, make the plane bigger,...

Reclined Seat-Backs Can Break Laptops and Assure Uncomfortable Flight

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

What especially bothers me about the seat-back issue is that the extra discomfort I'm experiencing greatly exceeds the small amount of extra comfort the person in front of me may be enjoying.