Middle seats throughout the plane, running from front to the back of the airplane, are usually considered the least desirable seats in economy coach seating.

So where are the best seats? It depends on the size of the plane, its configuration and your own comfort parameters, but usually the most sought after seats are aisle seats located in the middle of the plane.

Exit Rows And Bulkhead Seats

Some passengers make it a point to get an exit row or bulkhead row seat. Both types of seats usually have extra leg room. But there is a down side to being able to stretch your legs a bit further.

Depending on what plane you're flying on, your exit row seat may not recline. This is something you may not be able to find out online when you're looking at the airplane map. You may have to contact the airlines by phone to ask about reclining seats in the exit row you prefer.

On long overnight flights, bulkhead rows are favored by mothers with children. In fact, the airline may book a family here because it's easier to prop up a temporary crib against the plane in front of the seats.

That may be fine for the family, but nearby passengers may be treated to the cries of small children. If your modus operandi is to sleep across the Atlantic, the bulkhead row may not offer a quiet ride.

Speak Up

On some flights, seats are automatically booked from the back to the front of the plane in that order.

So if you're assigned a seat in the back of the plane, don't automatically accept that 33C seat. Speak up and ask for a seat closer to the front.

You may not get exactly what you want, but you might end up with a far better seat than what the computer had given you.