Sit Behind A Non-Reclining Seat To Ensure A More Spacious Flight

Travelling is cramped as it is, but it's so much worse when you're trapped behind a fully reclined seat. Avoid this discomfort by choosing a seat behind seats that don't recline at all.

We've looked at tips like using a water bottle to prevent the seat in front of you from reclining, but that's sort of mean and can also get you in trouble. Instead, when picking your seats you can simply choose one that's behind a seat that doesn't recline. Sometimes your airline will alert you if you choose a non-reclining seat while booking your flight, but the easiest way to check is to use a site like Seat Guru. If you check the red and yellow seats on any of Seat Guru's aeroplane maps, it'll let you know if the seat reclines or not. Simply choose a seat behind the non-reclining seat and you're guaranteed your space for the duration of the flight.

Thanks Taylor for the tip!


    & with an Exit Row, you'll have more space too!
    Better yet, get the first row of the plane, then no one is sitting in front of you!

    On the other had, some airlines charge extra for the exit row spot due to the extra leg room and you also need to be able to help in an emergency.

    useless tip!

    My tip when flying for work trips is to sit on the first seat of the plane, or in the middle, where the wing exits are, in an emergency, you need to help, no biggie, and if there is an emergency, the exit is right there.

    Another tip is if you sit anywhere near the front of the wings, meaning in front of the engines, you hear less noise, if you sit behind the wings, there is more noise generated obviously.

    One tip when dlying during holiday times, and to avoid kids kicking the back of your seat, I like to sit in the back row, the last seat available, some domestic flights, you can board quicker and disembark quicker when they open the back door, and no annoying kids kicking your seat behind you, just have to remember to wear noise cancelling headphones/earphones from the extra engine noise you get from the back seats.

    Bugger off Lifehacker, these seats are reserved for very tall people.

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