How can I get the seat layout of a
It's easier than you think. Most airlines post layouts on their websites. On britishairways.com you will find general seat maps that indicate where the exits, galleys, and lavatories are. Click on Information, and then, under On Board, click on Seat Maps .
Taking it further, websites like SeatGuru.com and SeatExpert.com analyze the configurations and divulge seat information that the airlines typically do not. Both sites have interactive graphics, allowing you to click on a specific color-coded seat (green means good; yellow, beware; and red, poor) to find out what its pros and cons are. For instance, one seat might have limited foot space because of storage boxes while another might have extra legroom but an immovable armrest.
Some of the information may seem obvious, like being near the lavatories can be noisy or sitting in the middle seat cramped, but overall they are useful sites for travelers looking to make their flights more comfortable.
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