As a rule, I generally avoid bulkhead seating. But I’ll make an exception going forward on United’s 757-300s.
While bulkhead seats in any class of service generally provide two advantages, namely more knee room and no one reclining into you, I tend to avoid them. That’s because legroom is generally restricted by the bulkhead wall. Not only am I on the taller side, but I have long legs…stretching under the seat in front of me is essential for me to be comfortable.
United’s old 757-200s used to have what I considered to be the absolute worst bulkhead seats in row one of first class. There was no cutout, there was no extra legroom, just the closet wall that made getting comfortable practically impossible for me.
But the 757-300s, once part of the Continental fleet, are much different. And I really had no idea until I noticed them on my recent flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. I did not assign a row one seat (I prefer row six on the 757-300), but when using the lavatory prior to departure I took a look at seats 1A/B and did a double take…
Look at all this legroom. There’s enough room to slide a whole large carry-on in and still have plenty of room to stretch your legs.
Anyway, perhaps this will be useful to some of you. For all the flying I do on United, this was the first time I had noticed the legroom on these seats. Also note the cutout is only on the A/B side and not the E/F side.