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How to Find the Best Airline Seats for Overweight Passengers

Airplane travel in your future? For best results, do your research now and follow these five tips on how to find the best airline seats for overweight passengers.

  1. Fly to popular airports. Bigger airports tend to have larger planes (and more of them going to your destination) which will usually result in more seats to choose from.
  2. Fly during unpopular hours. The plane is less likely to be crowded at midnight than it would be a 2 P.M. And, “off hour flight times” usually give you more seat selection and a greater chance to have an empty  seat next to you.
  3. Check out the size of the seats and seat area on the airline you are considering. Before you book your seat, check out the seat’s  width, legroom and seat pitch (the space between rows) on Seat Guru. Tip: Some airlines have special areas in coach with more seat pitch. You may pay a little more for your seat; but, you will be a lot more comfortable than being crammed in a low pitch seat zone.
  4. Select your seat when you book your flight. If your booking agent can’t give you a seat selection, call the airline immediately after making your reservation and reserve your specific seat.
  5. Sit on the aisle. The seat is not any wider than a window seat but you will have more shoulder room.

One more thought: Be sure to check back the day before departure to make sure that the airline has not changed the type of plane to be used or switched your seat selection.

Looking for more tips? Check out Plus Size Travel: 10 Tips for Better Trips

Enjoy your flight!