Air Travel Planning Bulkhead Seating on an Airplane By David Kelly David Kelly David A. Kelly is a business travel writer, member of the American Society of Travel Writers, and author of two children's book series. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 06/10/20 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 06/10/20 Share Pin Email fStop Images - Halfdark / Getty Images Bulkhead seating is a term that refers to the seats that are immediately behind the bulkheads (or walls) of an airplane that separate different classes, like the first class from coach, or one section from another. Some travelers love them and consider them a good deal; others might not. Find out if bulkhead seating is right for you. Also, keep in mind, the biggest way to save money on airfares is to buy your tickets as far in advance as possible. What Is a Bulkhead? A bulkhead is a physical partition that divides a plane into different classes or sections. Typically, a bulkhead is a wall but can also be a curtain or screen. Bulkheads can be found throughout the plane, separating the seats from the galley and lavatory areas. Overview There are many options when it comes to airline seating. And nowadays, airlines are getting pretty tricky with how they are charging for different seats. Seats with more legroom usually cost more. Sometimes, seats up front cost more. There are all kinds of variations, depending on the airline that you are flying. Bulkhead seats may or may not have more legroom than other seats, it depends on the plane and the seating configuration. Generally, since they do not have seats in front of them, they will have a different configuration for the tray table. In bulkhead seats, tray tables will usually be stowed in the seat handle, rather than dropping from the seat in front (since there isn't one). Typically, bulkhead seats will have less storage, since you are not allowed to keep your carry on items on the floor in front of you. You have to stow them in the overhead compartment. Business travelers will also want to pay attention to what is in front of them. Sometimes it is a real bulkhead or wall. Other times, depending on the configuration of the plane, it might be an aisle or a walking area that passes by a part of a wall. If you end up on an aisle seat in a bulkhead row, there is the possibility that there will be an angle to the walking path or aisle that ends up cutting into the leg room of your aisle seat. Pros Many business travelers prefer bulkhead seats for the added legroom (on the plane configurations that provide extra legroom) and the ability to get in and out of them easily. Bulkhead seats are great if you want to sleep, simply watch a movie during the flight, or if you have no carry-ons that you need to get in and out of during the flight. Cons The biggest benefit of nothing in front of you can also be your greatest drawback. Since you have to store all your stuff in the bins above you, if you need to access your stuff, you will be constantly getting up or may even need to wait until the unfasten seatbelt sign is lit. If you plan on watching the in-flight entertainment then you must be prepared for the possibility that your entertainment or display screens may be farther away from your viewing position then those on regular seats. Lastly, the in-arm tray tables found at bulkhead seats do not tend to work as well as tray tables that drop down from the seat in front of you. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit How to Choose Airplane Seats When Traveling as a Couple What It’s Like to Fly Halfway Around the World During the Pandemic I Flew America's Brand New Low-Cost Airline. Here's What It's Like A Review of JetBlue's New Transatlantic Mint Class on the Airbus A321LR Follow These Airplane Etiquette Rules for a Happy Flight How to Prepare for Long-Haul Flights with Kids Use These Tips When Flying With Your Grandkids Infant Bassinet Policies on Popular International Airline Carriers Find Your Airplane Seat Before You Fly Airline Ticketing Policies for Traveling With a Baby Tips on Traveling With Mobility Devices or Mobility Aids The 15 Best Carry-On Backpacks of 2021 7 Best Best Airlines in the US 8 Things to Disinfect Every Time You Fly The 13 Best Travel Pillows of 2021 Don't Forget to Choose Your Seats!