Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Frozen Seat 29F, 757-200

I flew 4 hours on Tuesday afternoon, in row 29, seat F, in a 757-200.  It was a Delta aircraft.  Well, I cannot recommend anyone sit in seat 29F who are not Heat Miser, or who have both their legs and feet.  If you're Heat Miser, you'll do fine.  Lemme explain.

On a Delta 757-200 rows 27 and 28 are the exit rows.  Row 26 and 27 have limited recline, and I had HOPED that row 28 would also have limited recline, but the enormous caucasian man who sat in 28F insisted on Fully Reclining his Exit Row seat to impinge upon my much more limited space - but that's fine.   Not everyone can be a good person and be respectful of others' space around them.  So I was somewhat 'crammed in' with the seat in front of me fully reclined into my space.  I opened my "Philosophy of Stephen Colbert" book and read quietly, through loading, taxi, and take off.

After we reached 30,000+ feet, I noticed my feet getting very cold.  No matter what position I placed my feet under the 28F chair, they were freezing cold.  I could see the edge of the emergency exit door even with the arm rest of 28F, but that was Not where the cold was originating.   The cold was coming form under the floor.  When we began our approach to land, and the main landing gear was extended, I could hear and Feel it move under the floor beneath my feet.  The land gear doors must not have been sealed well, and the -20F to -40F air at 30,000 feet conveniently refrigerated my feet.

How cold were they?  Well, 2 hours after landing, walking, and driving, and walking some more, I was just above to start feeling my big toes again.

So if you are Heat Miser, or you suffer from Chronic Near Flammable Feet Syndrome, then seat 29F on a 757-200 is The Seat for you.   As we were disembarking, I asked the man sitting in 29A if his feet were cold, he was shocked, and said "Yes! freezing!" - nature loves symmetry (as does Boeing).

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