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Long haul flights, tall peoples, leg rooms.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WoodyUK, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Sandycheeks

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 30, 2013

    Posts: 1,669

    It depends on leg length really.
    I'm 6'2" and I usually use budget airlines and find my knees dig in the back of the seat in front.
    I get extra leg room if available or pay for seats towards the front or very back of the plane and make sure I'm on the aisle.
    It's bearable for a couple of hours only though.
  2. Quartz


    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

    Posts: 7,299

    Location: Aberdeen

    Yes, it's frighteningly expensive but I'm fortunate in that I can afford it, but only every few years; I wouldn't travel long-haul at all if I couldn't afford business class.
  3. Rotty


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 39,579

    Location: Notts

    Did a flight to Dominican on TC a few weeks back, first long haul econ in quite a while

    Those Ryanair style thin concrete seats, no recline but that's a good thing in econ at times but the hardness of those seats was torture on way back
  4. arknor


    Joined: Nov 22, 2005

    Posts: 35,571

    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    6"4 here and manage a few hours on easy jet fine enough in their standard seats, my knee does go i n to the isle a bit and can get bumped by people walking by but it's not uncomfortable to sit there.

    on a long haul I'd probably go for the extra leg room.
    I used to do the extra leg room seats on easy jet for a 2 hour flight but figured it's not really worth
  5. dirtychinchilla


    Joined: May 2, 2011

    Posts: 8,758

    Location: Woking, Surrey

    I flew to and from Japan recently. This annoying woman was on the same flight both ways somehow.

    What annoyed me was that she was instantly asleep and slept through both flights...the entire thing! With my meager height of 6ft, I was deeply uncomfortable the whole time. I even had some diazepam from the doctor for the journey there, but it barely helped (and as it was my first time taking it I was quite cautious).
  6. Marvt74


    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,159

    Location: Chorley

    Not a fan of that seatguru. I just checked my flight to Corfu and apparently i get 28" of legroom :(
  7. tek81

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 1, 2015

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: UK

    I can only speak on behalf of my dad (I'm a short arse at 5ft 8). He's 6ft and a large build. He used to do a lot of overseas business trips and the only occasion he had issues with seating was when he flew KLM to Belgium. Only a short haul flight, but he hated it. Generally, most airlines now seem to take into account height / increased leg room.
  8. Blackjack Davy


    Joined: Aug 16, 2009

    Posts: 2,915

    Its been a few years and unless things have changed recently it was fine in economy. I have more of an issue with trains and buses I literally cannot get both legs behind the seat in a bus i have to sit on the aisle side and have one leg sticking out in the aisle otherwise its anatomically impossible to get both legs behind the seat in front without breaking my kneecaps. Trains are scarcely any better I pick the seat with the table at least theres room underneath it.
  9. NVP


    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 4,483

  10. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 62,142

    I'm only 5 foot 11 but I wouldn't want to be in standard seats on a lot of planes for longer flights :( done it on short haul and that was enough.
  11. byeo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 2,397

    Location: Sheffield/Nottingham

    I usually opt for Premium Economy when flying but only if the price is right, I'm 6'1 so not tall but still can get uncomfortable on longer flights. Last time I went to New York was with TC and me and my mate went for Premium Economy seating, after looking at Seat Guru we opted for the first row as there was no-one in front to recline and be an awkward bugger.

    I had that issue a few years ago when I had to travel on the train for work. Had to sit sideways on because my knees just wouldn't fit behind the chair in front. It was a Pacer mind you...
  12. Maccapacca


    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,207

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    I'm 6 3, last time I flew to Vegas my toes were just touching the lay flat bed in front. It was torture.
  13. Rotty


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 39,579

    Location: Notts

    use VA then, no one in front of you when in bed :p
  14. GhostlyPea


    Joined: Dec 30, 2004

    Posts: 4,619

    Location: Beckenham, Kent

    6'4" here - I did a VA flight to Japan in Economy back in 2011, was a nightmare. Upgraded to Economy+ on the way back and the difference was night and day. Would definitely do it for anything over 2 hours

    - GP
  15. cheesyboy


    Joined: Dec 7, 2012

    Posts: 11,239

    Location: Gloucestershire

    6'2" ish. Hate flying for the discomfort. And theatres. glad i'm not fat or it would be even worse.

    Only done long haul once, and it was ok on the way out as there were empty seats to stretch out onto. The return was packed, nighttime, can't sleep sitting up and, worse of all, they switched the movie off (for sleeping) so I had no entertainment for hours (pre-smartphones).
  16. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 6,385

    Location: La France

    Premium economy when I’m paying, business when someone else is.

    I’m not that tall, but I like to have a little more wiggle/elbow room.

    Flew Virgin PE to/from LA and JoBurg over the years and the seats and the service were well worth the extra £££ on ten hour flights.
  17. Blackjack Davy


    Joined: Aug 16, 2009

    Posts: 2,915

    Theatres can be a nightmare and sometimes cinema. We always book in advance and try and get the seats where we think there will be more room nothing worse than being physically wedged in a seat for 2 hours or more. Its torture.
  18. DampCat


    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 13,433

    Location: Manchestah

    Took my best friend out to SF and he's 6'5". We went in Premium on VA, as I didn't want to put him through 11 hours of Economy. He said it was very comfy, although we were front row.

    He flew economy about 8 years ago to Dominican and said he had a horrible time.