Planes are mostly full, and there’s not a lot of room in the seats. You can be crammed inside a metal tube for hours at a time, and little comforts can make a big difference. For instance, I dress much more comfortably than I did when I was a kid (my mother used to make me wear a jacket and tie when I flew!) and I always bring my own bottle of water so I don’t have to rely on cabin crew to stay hydrated.
Some people have much more detailed regiments, from bringing pillows, eye shades, games and even meals – avoiding peanut butter or anything that TSA might consider a liquid, you can cater a picnic that’s nicer than most of what you’ll find inside the terminal for a lot less. Having a civilized meal, on a disposable table cloth even, can create a sense of control and calm in an otherwise stressful situation.
One Spirit Airlines passenger, though, took matters to extremes. Spirit Airlines offers less legroom than other airlines. While Southwest might give you 32 inches of pitch (the distance from seat back to seat back), American Airlines, Delta and United usually offer just 30 inches. Spirit? 28.
So if you want to be comfortable on a Spirit flight, you’re going to need an aisle seat – and to make full use of stretching into the aisle. And once you’re planning to to that, why not kick your feet up and enjoy… with your very own portable ottoman?
This probably isn’t going to work on most flights and with most cabin crew. You’re obstructing egress in the aisle. Other passengers need to get by, and flight attendants are going to be bringing the galley cart down the aisle (beverages are not complimentary).
And even with this leg rest, you’re probably still not going to be comfy on the longest Spirit Airlines flights. You may have given yourself permission to use a bit of extra space, and your shoes may be off and at least one leg kicked up. But those seats do not recline (Spirit claims they are ‘pre-reclined’) and the seat backs are thin and hard. Try to keep those flights under three hours, even bringing your own extra amenities.