I recently survived a six-hour flight without being able to recline my seat. I thought to myself, Seriously? What are the chances of this happening again?, referring to another lengthy trip I had flown just months before. And then as I continued to think back on most of my recent flights, I realized that I’ve had a “broken” seat on multiple occasions — cue the ultimate face-palm moment. I always aim to book the closest seat to the front as possible and usually, the closest available option on Virgin America air crafts is row eight — aka the one in front of the exit row, but also known as the row that doesn’t recline.
It makes total sense! Just as you’re required to keep your tray tables upright during takeoff and landing, the exit row in particular needs to remain unobstructed for safety. It would only make it more difficult for those passengers to assist in an emergency if the seats in front of them were in the way. If you enjoy neck and back pain, book a seat in that row, by all means.
In addition to the row in front of the exit row, here are a few other sections you should really try to avoid on your next flight.
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