A travel expert has revealed how plane passengers can avoid getting ripped off when it comes to booking seats with ‘nightmare legroom.’
Jaideep Patil, who runs the @traveltipswithjay Instagram and is the founder of travel-assistance web app TravelArrow, explained how to pull up information related to the airplane model of any given flight in advance.
He said that travelers can subsequently determine the amount of legroom in different sections to ensure they are booking the best seats when it comes to legroom.
‘If you’re not checking the airplane manufacturer before booking your flight, you’re doing it all wrong,’ the content creator began.
Jaideep Patil, who runs the @traveltipswithjay Instagram, explained how to pull up information related to the airplane model of a given flight in advance
He said that travelers can subsequently determine the amount of legroom in different sections to ensure they are booking the best seats when it comes to legroom
‘The next time you search on Google Flights, make sure you get access to this information,’ while pulling up, as an example, available flights departing Boston and headed to Beijing.
‘You get it to show up by getting this desktop Chrome extension called TravelArrow,’ he continued, hawking his own AI-powered ‘travel agent’ application.
Google Flights still shows the airplane model associated with a given flight sans Travel Arrow being installed – but the information is positioned much less prominently.
On Google Flights, Travel Arrow also creates a hyperlink from the airplane model to TripAdvisor’s Seat Guru platform.
As Jaideep explained, the hyperlink ‘takes you to a seat map of that airplane model,’ as visible on Seat Guru.
Viewing the layout of the plane on Seat Guru, travelers can view the legroom – as well as other factors, like proximity to lavatories or emergency exits as well as whether or not it reclines – associated with every seat on a given flight.
‘And this is important, so that airlines can’t rip you off with really cramped seats,’ Jaideep said.
‘So this way you can check how wide your seats are going to be on the Boeing-777,’ he continued, pulling up a graphic of the example flight on his laptop.
While Google Flights always shows the airplane model, TravelArrow creates a hyperlink to TripAdvisor’s Seat Guru platform
Jaideep demonstrated how Seat Guru can inform travelers about the legroom – as well as other pros and cons, like proximity to lavatories – for every seat on any given flight
And, if you scroll down, he added, ‘you can even see user generated reviews of the best and worst seats on this exact flight.’
Jaideep is far from the only only person to share little-known travel hacks with his online audience.
Countless flight attendants have gone viral on social media with insider insight – from how to be the ‘perfect passenger’ to how to check hotel rooms for hidden cameras.
And last November, a pair of travel experts were ‘inundated’ with stories after asking flight attendants for stories about their ‘rudest’ passengers.