Seating layouts for 142 aircraft show choice seats and ones to avoid

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May 23, 2004|By Matthew Kauffman | Matthew Kauffman,The Hartford Courant

Business travelers don't spend their entire lives aboard planes - it just seems that way sometimes. But with a little research, you can at least improve your odds of a comfortable flight.

With more airlines offering the ability to select seats online, gives you the inside track on the best seats in the sky. The site offers seating maps of 142 airplanes flown by 17 airlines. Color-coding identifies the best and worst seats, with commentary about the pros and cons.

Flying Northwest Airlines on an Airbus 319, sitting in Seat 9-F, in an exit row, will give you extra legroom, but beware: The window-side armrest is smaller than usual, which some find uncomfortable.

The site can help you identify bulkhead rows and steer clear of seats that are noisy or don't recline or are located too close to lavatories.

Don't find your airline? Try, which has similar information on 10 airlines, including seven that aren't on

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