Is Bulkhead Seating Right for You?

Bulkhead seat is a term that refers to the seats immediately behind the bulkheads (or walls) of an aircraft that separate different classes, such as first-class from economy class, or one section from another. Some travelers love them and consider them a good deal; others may not.

Find out if the bulkhead seat is right for you. Also, remember that the best way to save money on airline tickets is to buy your tickets as soon as possible.


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    What is a bulkhead?

    A bulkhead is a physical partition that divides an aircraft into different classes or sections. Typically a bulkhead is a wall, but it can also be a curtain or screen.

    Shields can be found throughout the aircraft, separating the seats from the kitchen and bathroom areas.


    There are many options when it comes to airplane seats. And these days, airlines are getting complicated with how they charge for different seats.

    Seats with more legroom generally cost more. Sometimes the front seats cost more. There are all kinds of variations depending on the airline you fly to.

    Bulkhead seats may or may not have more legroom than other seats, depending on the aircraft and the seating configuration.

    Generally, since they do not have seats in the front, they will have a different configuration for the tray. On bulkhead seats, the trays are usually stored in the seat handle rather than falling off the front seat (as there are none).

    Bulkhead seats generally have less storage space, as you are not allowed to leave carry-on luggage on the floor in front of you.

    You have to store them in the top compartment.

    Business travelers will also want to pay attention to what is in front of them. Sometimes it is a real bulkhead or wall.

    Other times, depending on the configuration of the plane, it may be a corridor or a walkway that runs through a part of a wall.

    If you end up in an aisle seat in a row of bulkheads, there is a possibility that there is an angle to the walkway or aisle that cuts off the aisle seat legroom.


    Many business travelers prefer bulkhead seats for more legroom (in airplane configurations that provide more legroom) and the ability to get in and out of them easily.

    Bulkhead seats are great if you want to sleep in, just watch a movie during the flight, or if you don't have carry-on luggage to get in and out of during the flight.


    The greatest benefit of anything in front of you may also be its greatest disadvantage. Since you have to store all your things in the bins above, if you need to access your things, you will be constantly getting up or you may even have to wait until the seat belt unbuckled sign comes on.

    If you plan to watch inflight entertainment, you should be prepared for the possibility that your entertainment or display screens are further away from your viewing position than normal seats.

    Lastly, the inner arm trays found on bulkhead seats usually don't work as well as trays that fall off the seat in front of you.

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