I remember as
a child, that it just drove my mother crazy whenever I opened the refrigerator
and drank straight from the milk jug without using a glass. “We’re family;” I used to think,
“what could possibly be the big deal.” Then one hot day in Southern Louisiana after
playing in the swamp with my friend Robby (there are much more dangerous things
in the swamp than dirty milk jugs, but I digress), I returned home and I made a
bee-line for the fridge, and the cool sweet milk that lay within. Earlier that afternoon however, my Mother
(who always seemed to be one step ahead), drained the milk from its opaque
container and replaced it with pure olive oil!
Wow. After barfing in the sink for awhile and
wondering just how I could emancipate myself from such a cruel matron, I
thought about how things just aren’t always as they seem…
Seats on airplanes for instance. They’re
not all created equal. Did you know that
some of them on exit-rows recline while others don’t? Were you aware that exit-row window seats
have less padding? Here are a few other
trivial tidbits about airplane seats:
- The average airliner with three
seats on either side of the center aisle has over 10 seats that are
designed to either partially recline, or not recline at all.
- There are several aisle seats
on wide-body aircraft that look very tempting on a seating chart, but
whose legroom is severely diminished by a large inflatable raft packed
into the exit door nearby.
- A frightening number of seats
are very near mid-fuselage galleys where, as a passenger, you’ll be
subjected to beverage carts going in and out; AND you’ll be in earshot of
the constant complaining by the flight attendants who’ve recently been
through another pay-cut, strike, or similar abuse by their management.
not! For I bring you the answer to
finding that “perfect seat” that you paid for! Leave the demons of reduced legroom and
non-reclining seat-backs behind and take a look at a far more accurate seating
Behold: The Seat Guru!
does the Seat Guru list all aircraft used by all airlines, but it gives you a
beautifully designed color-coded seating chart that alerts you to the
inconveniences that some seats bring to their unfortunate passengers.
It was here
that I learned that the 4th row of first class on an Airbus A320
reclines 30% LESS than the first three rows.
It is also where I learned why I was so miserable on a flight to
unfortunate seat on the 747-400 after I had learned about the Seat Guru. Here’s what it had to say:
has extra legroom because there isn’t a seat directly in front of you, but it
is also missing a window, so if you enjoy the view you will want to choose
another seat. The tray table is in the
armrest, making the arrest immovable and slightly
reducing seat width. There is no
floor storage for this seat during take-off and landing. It can get very cold by the exit doors during
flight; you may wish to have a blanket if you choose this seat.”