If you’ve got a long flight coming up in the near future, then you’re probably already dreading being uncomfortable in your airplane seat as you fly for hours and hours… True enough, there are some airlines that are absolutely awful when it comes to making their passengers comfortable… Yet, there are also a few that take their passengers’ comfort seriously, offering a not at all ungenerous amount of legroom.
With all this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the most popular carriers in the United States. In doing so, we were able to figure out which airlines were the best and which ones were the worst at offering their passengers ample legroom. Want to know how your favorite carrier stacks up? Take a look below…
1. Virgin America
The legroom is a hair smaller than with some other carriers on this list, but Virgin usually makes up for it by offering much wider seats.
On this carrier, the amount of legroom can vary from 30 inches to 34 inches. Most people report that their experiences are quite comfortable, despite the fact that seats do not recline.
3. Alaska Airlines
The seats on Alaska Airline’s flights are 17-inches wide and offer around 32 inches of legroom. What people really appreciate, though, is that the seats are leather and that each offers a power hookup.
For an economy carrier, Southwest actually manages to offer quite a bit of legroom for its passengers.
5. Hawaiian Airlines
Slightly wider seats make Hawaiian Airlines pretty comfortable, but the average 31 inches of legroom isn’t all that great…
6. American Airlines
The legroom aboard American Airlines flights is generally mediocre, with an average amount of room between 31 and 32 inches.
Legroom varies a great deal from flight to flight, because Delta’s fleet is so massive. However, it’s planes are generally generous when it comes to legroom.
8. Sun Country
This one’s not bad, especially for a regional carrier. You generally get about 32 inches of legroom.
On most United Flights, you’ll find that you generally have between 30 and 31 inches of legroom in the economy section.
Most passengers report having plenty of room to stretch out aboard JetBlue, with the average pitch width in economy measuring 34 inches.
This is one of the more uncomfortable airlines on the list, with its seats typically offering only around 28 inches of legroom.
Though it offers wide seats, you’ll find that the legroom on Frontier is pretty miniscule. On average you only get about 28 inches.