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SHOULD ONE TRY TO GET BULKHEAD FOR FLIGHT TO MADRID?

SHOULD ONE TRY TO GET BULKHEAD FOR FLIGHT TO MADRID?

Jan 24th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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SHOULD ONE TRY TO GET BULKHEAD FOR FLIGHT TO MADRID?

Thanks so much for your help! Much appreciated.

Should one try to get bulkhead for that flight and if so, any tips how to get it?

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Jan 24th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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I always prefer bulkhead or exit row for international flights.
What route? What airplane?
Check seatguru.com
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Jan 24th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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Keep in mind that some airplane configurations have even less legroom in bulkhead. Check out www.seatguru.com for your flights configuration.
 
Jan 24th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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I have never been able to get bulkhead seats - they always seem to give them to families w/children.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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The reason I always try to get bulkhead is so I can elevate my legs/feet. Even if I have less legroom I am more comfortable because I can prop my legs on the bulkhead wall. Combine that with a pillow in the lumbar area, it's almost like a recliner
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Jan 24th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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LOL TxTravelPro! I do the same thing!

Do they now put screens on the bulkhead wall? Another con is that you can't see the inflight movie. Some may take that as a perk instead of a con.....
 
Jan 24th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I never fly bulkhead for 2 reasons.

First, the airliens tend to put families with small kids there.

Second, in my experience ther is less room than a regular seat (no seat in front to put your feet under) as well as less room for carry-on stuff.

If I must fly coach always go for aisle seat in the emergency row (and typically they don;t assign these until you get to the airport - since they want to see you to be sure you can handle the door - won;t give it to kids or little old dears). The technique is to reserve a prime seat (aisle towards the front) and then get to the airport early and try to trade up.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:02 AM
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Problem w/exit row is that they don't recline - pretty uncomfortable on a long flight.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Many exit row aisles recline fully... check seatguru.com for details.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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I'm in the camp that likes bulkhead and exit rows. True, the exits don't recline, but the good part is the row in front of the exit doesn't recline either. And with a bulkhead, there is nobody in front to recline. (To me, the worst seats are the row immediately before the exit and the very last row, because the seat in front of you will recline, but you won't)

My husband who is very tall likes exits but not bulkheads - he thinks exits have more room and bulkheads have less. It's all personal preference.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I generally fly AA and AA will allow prereserved exit row on 767 and 777 if you are Gold or Platinum.
My fav exit row on a 777 is also bulkhead.
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Never any kids... loads of room... seat reclines.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Jen7677, two things. First, this is the US board and your question might be better placed on the US or airlines boards, and second, use of all caps is generally regarded as SHOUTING.

Bulkhead seats are usually held in reserve for elite frequent flyers in each airline's program; however they frequently are less spacious than other coach seats, and no storage on the floor is allowed, thus requiring you stuff everything in the overhead bin.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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Sorry, Europe board.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Yep, no underseat storage on most of my bulkhead seats BUT on the 777 I have room to bring down a large carry-on to use as a foot rest... there is no wall within reach.
They let you get it within minutes after take off and keep it down until just prior to landing.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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The question is too broad that it is unanswerable. Each seat on each plane configuration is different. If the OP wants specific answer, tell us what airline, which plane model, which seat.

Variables include:
- Is there a board in front of you or if there's unlimited legroom?
- If there's a board, is there cutout for your feet or small items?
- Is a galley and/or lavatories nearby?
- Will people stand around you?
- Is there an emergency slide that protrudes into the area?
- Is that a bassinet row that airlines give you people with young kids?
- Does the seat recline?
- How much narrower is your seat with the immovable armrest and tray table stored within?
- Does the seat get cold in the middle of the night?
- Where will you stow your carryon items?
- Is there a window still?
- Will the cart likely to bump into you?

And if it's also an exit row -

- Does your seat recline?
- Can you handle the door? Do the other passengers and FAs trust you with helping with the door in an emergency? Do you even want that responsibility?

I may have left a few other things, but the answer differ from seat to seat to each of those questions.
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