How to avoid the airline sandwich

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/142833655.html

    Experts offer tips on staying out of the middle seat and other uncomfortable air travel predicaments.

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    There you are, stuck in the middle seat again. This time you ended up in the row that doesn't recline. The guy in front of you has leaned his seat all the way back, pushing the top of your laptop down just far enough to make it impossible to watch a video. You turn to the onboard menu, hoping a snack might ease your suffering. But by the time the flight attendants reach your seat, everything but the trail mix has been sold out. Sound familiar?

    As airlines continue to pack planes and cut service, many passengers are contending with cramped quarters, disgruntled flight attendants and charges for food, pillows, exit-row seats and other formerly free amenities that made the journey slightly more bearable. But carving out some comfort in coach is still possible if you're willing to work at it.

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  2. rwoman
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    I already know DL prefers the ham sandwich...;)
     
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    If anyone does want to use Knee Defenders, keep in mind that they're banned on most US airlines.
     
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    I think this may be an article we circulated a while ago...always a good topic to throw around though. The Knee Defender bit is what made me think it is the same.

    :)
     
  5. DTWBOB

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    On Delta there's an easy way to avoid middle seats -- just book flights on 50 seat CRJs -- but it's like going from the frying pan into the fire -- i.e. from something that is uncomfortable, to something that is very uncomfortable.

    <lol>

    DTWBOB
     
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    This story was in the Sunday New York Times today, it must be syndicated...
     
  7. goalie
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    I think you left out an "S" ;)

    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right,

    Here I am,
    Stuck in the middle with you.
     
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    And rightly so. Employing such a device should just about get you thrown off the plane, IMO.

    I say this as a taller than average guy who almost never reclines. If someone else's recline is an issue, politely ask them if some sort of compromise is workable rather than pulling the passive-aggressive move of sabotaging their seat.
     
  9. Valentine

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    Haven't heard of Knee Defenders before reading this article, but the concept just sounds rude. If you know that an airline's seats recline (and don't like it), either pay extra for F/J or give some other airline your custom.
     
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    "So-called premium economy -- a roomier class of seats between business and coach -- has long been offered by international carriers on transatlantic flights. But recently, domestic airlines have been adopting the concept."

    I bet that UA is thrilled to finally get credit from this author for a product that it introduced in 1999.;)
     

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