OrbitJFK
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Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:03 am

Hey,

Does it make a notable difference when traveling in the center section of seats on a widebody? I've always wanted to but I don't want to give up the windows. Is it annoying or uncomfortable?

Thanks in advance,

ORBITJFK
 
bhill
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:10 am

It SUCKS....no bulkhead to lean your pillow and head against...people snoring in your ear, and no window to look out of..JUST SAY NO!!!

Cheers,

Bob
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nudelhirsch
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:12 am

It's the same - just a alck of the window...

I was on a center row on a BA plane between ORD and LHR. Was OK, nice FA (gave me the right to help myself while they were sleeping...ha about 20 coffee, 20 coke, 10 beer...I certainly knew how to help myself...)

It was sort of noisy, but after all not too bad, seat pitch is not worse than on window...

Helps You not to get distracted when work is to be done...
But! Choose an aisle seat! Being in 4-pax-row in the middle...uuuhhh...I had right aisle, my dad left center, mom right center...aisle is OK, it's really just the lack of the window...
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levg79
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:07 pm

I've flown transatlantic in the middle row on Finnair's MD-11. The only advantage is that you can get a drink from a F/A in either aisle. There are no windows, but they're useless at FL330 over the atlantic with all those clouds....
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UAL747
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:13 pm

Did HNL-DFW on an AA DC-10 in the middle. It SUCKED. Don't do it. Why on earth would you even think about it?

UAL747
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ObiThomas
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:51 pm

I once flew BA coach class in an aisle seat center row, ORD-LHR and then later on the same round trip, MAA-LHR. The latter was an 11 hour flight or something. Both flights were OK. Not great, not terrible.

The one weird thing for me, since I usually try to get a window seat, was not being able to tell where we were once the plane was on the ground. I used to wonder at all those people who leap to their feet and start burrowing into the overhead bins when the plane stops for the first time after touchdown - at a cross-runway. I wonder no more. Those 747s are so huge that when you sit in the middle row, you really have no view out the windows. You have no clue where you are - cross-runway? Gate? All you know is the plane stops.

Also, since you can't see out the window, touchdown is a bit of a surprise. I'm so used to looking out the window and anticipating touchdown; this time, I knew we were landing, but I was startled by the shudder of touchdown.
 
iflyatldl
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:56 pm

I did it ATL-LAX on a MD-11. I'm ok...NOW! Just say no to the middle seat!
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iflyatldl
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:15 pm

Go to:www.nomiddleseats.com or your favorite carrier. Logging on is the fist step to recovery !
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
 
ObiThomas
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 12:27 am

I believe the original poster meant the middle set of seats in a widebody, not necessarily the middle seat between window and aisle. Am I right?

There are two perfectly good aisle seats in the middle row of seats. Nothing wrong with them except you can't see out the window.
 
iflyatldl
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 1:28 am

Obithomas-
Please let me clarify: Middle Seat, Middle Row, DL MD-11, ATL-LAX . Not a RTW leg, but long enough to not want to repeat it unless I absolutely have to. I was just attempting to poke some humor in my thread reponse.
Cheers !
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kilavoud
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 1:37 am

Center row OK, but only aisle seat, or I would feel like the ham stuck between bread in a sandwich.  Nuts

Regards. Kilavoud.
 
ntspelich
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 1:46 am

I did AMS-BOS in the middle seat of the center row. Under normal circumstances, it may not have been so bad, but the fact that I hadn't slept in 2 days really made it horrible. Sitting in the back row of a 757 on the flight to DTW never felt so good.

NS
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panam64
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 1:49 am

I much rather have a window seat. I few to Germany on Lufthansa and had a middle row seat, and flew Japan to chicago and had a window seat. I found the window seat to be more comfortable for me. I will never fly in the middle row if I can help it.
 
sleekjet
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RE: Going Long Haul In The Center Row

Sun Nov 09, 2003 3:19 am

I was once sentenced to the middle seat of the middle section on an AA DC-10 from BOS-DFW. Pure torture for the aviation enthusiast with massive doses of claustrophobia.
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