On Sunday, I woke early for my 750am flight from LAX
on USAir, connecting to BDL
for my return home from my sister's wedding.
I hadn't really gotten a look at the plane before I stepped on the jetway. I got a look at the wing through the slots in the jetway and saw there were no winglets, so I assumed it was a 757. When I stepped through the aircraft door, I noticed two aisles, and reallized I was on a widebody. I figured it was a 767, since I knew that USAir doesn't have any 777s. I was right.
I went to my seat, which was 8A, and put my bag under 7A like I always do, then sat down in the seat. The I turned to look out the window and--
I asked if there was an open window seat, and the FA
told me no, there wasn't. I was heartbroken. I hadn't brought anything to read. I had nothing to write on. It was simply terrible. I had specifically been told I had been given a window seat, and had gotten a bulkhead instead.
I've noticed that many widebodies have sections where windows aren't put in or are covered up. I'd always figured this was for galley or lav space. What is the reason for these areas? Is there a structural reason? Is it something that the airline requests? Is that set up as a place where a galley *could* go? Or is it simply because Boeing and/or Airbus didn't want to put windows there?
By the way, the inflight entertainment system was broken, so I didn't get to watch the inflight movie (which probably would have been Chicago, which my parent's said was a great film) either.
Can you say bad day?
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