On Thursday night the Michael W Travels family flew to Portugal on Royal Air Maroc.
The first leg of our flight was from New York’s JFK Airport to Casablanca on the Dreamliner. Upon check- in (at JFK), we were assigned some of our least favorite airplane seats. By the end of the flight, I’d probably call them the WORST airplane seats ever!
You’re probably wondering where we were seated and what made them so bad. Let me explain…
Our family was seated in the back, middle section of the plane in the three, middle bulkhead seats.
Many love sitting in the bulkhead for a couple of reasons:
- Nobody sits in front of you so there’s isn’t any possibility of a seat reclining onto your legs.
- You usually get more leg space.
I hate the bulkhead for a few reasons:
- The armrests don’t move up and are like a wall between each seat. This makes it feel like there is less space in the seat.
- The tray tables seem smaller, I’m not sure if they are. I’m constantly worried that the meal tray will go flying off the front of the tray table. (Maybe that’s due to traveling with young children!)
- The inflight entertainment (IFE) screen comes up from between the seats. You can’t use it during takeoff and landing. The screens are also usually on a weird angle, making not as good when viewing.
- You have to keep your bags in the overheads during takeoff and landing. Kim likes to have her bag easily accessible for the kids stuff and snacks.
When we’re assigned the bulkhead, the airlines think they’re doing us a favor. (Neither of my boys ever actually slept in one of those bassinets.) I always ask if we can switch seats. This time, there were no other seats together on the plane.
Why do I now feel the bulkhead offers the worst airplane seats?
Right after takeoff and once the fasten your seatbelt signs went off, there seemed to be a mad dash to the bathrooms. (The Dreamliner has two aisles and right in front of our row were two bathrooms on each side.)Lots of people had to wait to use a bathroom and while doing so, many thought that there might be an empty one to use on the other side. Due to this, they felt that the bulkhead space was a path to the other side of the plane.
If a flight attendant needs to get through (they only did this before takeoff), I understand but I don’t think it’s acceptable for other passengers.
I’d say during the flight 20+ times people walked in front of our seats (until I put a stop to it). This was beyond rude and annoying.
Quite a few times, my IFE monitor moved/ fell down or stopped due to the passengers touching it or bumping into it. I was also stepped on and kicked a few times, too. Yes, I was also woken up due to this a couple of times!
After getting annoyed by this behavior, I decided to close the path. Many flyers get upset when others put their feet up on the bulkhead. Well, my path to comfort and less annoyance was by doing exactly that. I also angled my IFE screen down a bit further so it was also in the way.
So did my plan work?
Short answer is yes but some still tried to get through.
- One passenger came by pointing towards the other side of the plane. This was an easy one to ignore.
- Another passenger said, excuse me, can I get through? I responded with a simple no and went back to watching a movie.
- While playing solitaire, one passenger had the nerve to tap me on the hand, then pointing to the other side of the plane. I shook my head no and went on with my game.
- And one seemed to get annoyed when I denied her passage. She told me she needed to get through and I said no. She responded “not nice”. I responded that it isn’t nice being woken up, stepped on and kicked as people constantly walk by. She walked away saying “not nice”.
So in the end I hope that my family never gets stuck sitting in the bulkhead again. I’ll gladly take less leg space along with less annoyance.
What do you think about this situation? Should other passengers walk through the bulkhead to get across to the other side of the plane or do you think it’s rude. I personally haven’t and would never do that.