Thu, 3 Jan, 2019
Why choosing a window seat just got trickier
For many, getting a window seat or an aisle seat whilst boarding a flight is the dream. You either have easy access to the aisle or can get to gaze out the window while the plane continues on its journey.
However, for some unlucky passengers, this dream fades fast. They eagerly arrive to their seat to find, well, nothing.
@AmericanAir, I am a GOLD status customer (PLATINUM status by next week) and book window seats for a reason. I’ve never felt more claustrophobic in my life! I was told by the flight attendant to contact you via social media, so here I am. Please explain #wheresmywindow pic.twitter.com/blc0pF9yyr
— Christine Castillo (@cristinitac22) July 31, 2018
This is a common occurrence for those who book window seats. They’ve unfortunately chosen to sit where the air conditioning ducts are run through the main body of the aircraft. Although this might keep everyone cool, you won’t be able to enjoy the view you’ve paid for.
This is common across a range of planes, including:
- Boeing 737
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 757 Boeing 737 MAXs
However, don’t think that just because you’ve flown on that type of plane before that you’re avoiding getting a windowless seat. For some plane types, there’s two different versions. This is the case with a Qantas Boeing 747-400.
Some frequent flyers end up utilising the SeatGuru website before booking flights. This website allows you to put in the company of who you’re flying with, the date of your flight and your chosen flight number. This site allows you to see the seating plan on your flight and avoid choosing a windowless seat.
Remembering this tip and using this website is bound to save you from disappointment while boarding your flight. If you do end up with a windowless seat though, use the space to try and get some rest. You probably won’t be getting much of it once you land at your destination.