Gary from View from the Wing recently answered an “age old question” of whether its better to sit in the bulkhead, or whether its better to sit away from there. Of course, the only answer to this question can come from personal preference, so I wanted to chime in on my favorite seat locations. Gary prefers non-bulkhead seats because they are not narrower like bulkhead ones, and you’re also able to stow your carry-on bags in the seat in front of you.
Like Gary, I fly American Airlines as my airline of choice, so these seat decisions and preferences may be specific to American, since I don’t fly other carriers domestic…although, in most cases, you’ll find the same reasons.
I prefer non-bulkhead seats when seated in First Class
In First Class, I prefer a non-bulkhead seat for two reasons:
- Under seat stowage is usually possible without taking up legroom. If you have a small briefcase or backpack, you should be able to fit it under the seat in front of you, but in between seats, still leave plenty of legroom.
- You’re usually able to extend your legs out fully, whereas in a bulkhead seat you cannot.
I prefer bulkhead seats in Economy Class
In Economy, things change a bit for me. I prefer bulkhead seats. Here’s why:
- They usually provide more legroom, and on some aircraft, it’s almost limitless – more than First Class.
- Carry on bag stowage is convenient for me in an overhead bin, since placing it under the seat in front of me would take away precious legroom.
Are you a bulkhead or a non-bulkhead person wen it comes to selecting seats?
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