I recently flew from LGW-MSP-LGW on NWA in economy and managed to book two exit row seats. These
were great. On the way back, however, all seats had gone when we went to check-in online, 11 hour
before the flight. I found that all seats were booked and that our two seats were in the middle of
the aircraft, with a seat taken on either side of us. I thought that this was rather stupid as they
should have put two people travelling together by an aisle.
The flight was absolutely full and one thing I noticed was that people had been separated from each
other. People were seated all over the cabin. This struck me as being odd. However, NWA seats are
quite wide so I thought it'd be alright - I could sleep comfortably throughout the night flight.
I couldn't have been further from the truth. As soon as we sat down we discovered that there were
two large IFE boxes underneath the seats in front of us. These were larger than any I have ever seen
and took up ALL leg room - they were the exact width and height of the small space I usually attempt
to stretch my legs.
I was horrified. I've come across this before, but the boxes are usually a third of the size of
these ones. Worst of all, the two aisle seats on either side of us had nothing at all under the seat
in front of them.