Ask for "Emergency Exit Seating" over the wing.
Some emergency seating has a bulkhead in front of you. Although there is more room for your knees, you have no seat in front of you to put your feet under and no luggage space in front of you and sometimes no tray, or just the little one that comes out of the chair arm.
one of the best conversations I've ever had at an airport was the Checkin with 'Spice Jet' from Goa, India to Delhi, India.
'Did you reserve seats, sir?'
'No, I booked online and there was no option'
'Ah yes. Well, you are very tall and fat, so we will put you next to the escape door where there is more space'
I think that is the first time I could thank someone for calling me fat!
I think airline crew typically refer to it as the overwing. So I guess it would be called the overwing aisle seat. ?? I think they also like the people sitting there to be physically capable of opening and operating the exit door in an emergency situation. Not sure if it's true for all airlines. I usually try and sit as far back as I can.
Overwing Exits at Wikipedia
I have the airline people ask me if I want to go sit in these seats and they ask me if I am willing to open the door...
"Well, you are very tall and fat, so we will put you next to the escape door where there is more space"'
Same Same but different happened to me on Vietnam Airlines. Beautiful 10 + check in clerk said ' "you are "RATHER FAT" Would you like to sit in back of the Jet where there are open seats so you do not to discomfort the Vietnamese passengers ?
She would lose her job if she worked for an American Airlines but she was just stating the obvious and found a good solution for all. !!! Plus the gave me an extra meal !
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