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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 1999-09-27

Travel Tips: Where to sit on an Airplane
By Captain Ron

September 17, 1999, 20:29 hours, so I'm at 30,000 feet, sitting in my seat, wailing away at the keyboard, when I should be sprawled out with the footrest up and pillows stuffed around my head, BUT NOOOOO!

The Chief, (my nickname for Hanashiro, remember Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet?) has been busting my chops, filling my mail box with reminders, "where's your column?" Or leaving me text messages on my SKYPAGER, "Sports Shooter is coming out next week, where's your column?" or voicemail at my office, "where the hell's your column?"

Ok, ok, enough already. Jeez, I know why I became a photographer instead of a writer.

Actually, I do feel kinda bad for missing last month's deadline, so to make up for it, I'll be adding a couple of bonus features to Travel Tips.

THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE:

Photo by Captain Ron

Photo by Captain Ron
If you fly a lot, you probably already know to request exit rows, and aisle seats, and to avoid center seats. BUT for those of you that want maximum sprawling space to stretch out and snooze or be able to work with your laptop, without having the screen crushed by the person in front of you reclining their seat, then this section's for you. Each month, I'll profile a particular aircraft and tell you which seats to book.

Our featured aircraft is the Boeing 747-400 series, United Airlines configuration. Normally only found on transcontinental or overseas flights, these planes are being pressed into service for mid range hops to and from United's fortress hubs in Denver and Chicago.

Seats 35C, 35H, 46C, 46H offer an amazing 50 inches of seat pitch (distance from the front of your seat to the back of the seat or wall in front of you) Located adjacent to the boarding doors, there's nothing in front of you except for wide-open spaces. The only potential drawback is the lack of under seat storage. If you have early boarding privileges (Premier status) then it's no sweat, cause you get to board before the unwashed masses and stow your stuff in the overhead bins. (Actually there is also a potential drawback to boarding early, those same unwashed masses will come thundering aboard after you've taken your seat, and you will get smacked in the head by oversized purses, and computer shoulder bags or have your feet run over by a rollaboard.)

TIP:

After stowing your gear, grab a magazine and hide out in the restroom, avoiding the mayhem of the boarding process. Come out and take your seat when you hear the flight attendants starting their safety spiel. On a full flight, sometimes you'll get lucky and find somebody in your seat, pitch a fit and get bumped up to first class.

SCREWED UP AIRPORT ALERT:

If you fly the LAX to SFO corridor, or LGA to BOS, you already know what I'm talking about. Airport construction can add an extra hour to getting in or out. Endless mazes of K rails (big concrete dividers) and DETOUR routing signs so small that you always end up driving right past them and missing your turn, which then puts you out in the middle of Bumfuck, Egypt. Capt. Ron is going to try and steer you clear of these transportation hub disasters.

Our featured fucked up airport is BOS (Boston, MA) Located conveniently 3 miles NE of the city, just across the Boston channel, it's not actually so much the airport that's bad, it's the construction going on in the city. What should be a quick 10-min. drive, has turned into a 30 to 45 min. ordeal. Some idiot decided that it would be a good idea to take the section of Interstate 93 that runs through downtown and put it UNDERGROUND.

If you're doing business in the middle of the state, a good alternative airport is HFD (Hartford, CT).

(Cpt. Ron travels the country in search of the worst airports and the best Hawaiian cuisine.)


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