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How Much Room Under The Airline Seat?

As the overhead bins on most flights seem to get filled faster and faster, those of us who carry soft-sided, non-wheeled bags are sometimes given the option of putting those same bags underneath the seat in front of us..

But just how much room is available? That depends on the type of aircraft and airline. On some, the middle seat has the most room with the aisle or window seat the least. On others, a video control box takes up most of the room.

Up until now, it’s been difficult to find this information. However, here’s an article that gives some information:

Dimensions Under Airline Seats.

Another way to possibly get this information is to seek out the airlines’ under seat pet kennel dimensions. If your bag isn’t bigger than the pet kennel, it will fit under your seat.

Here’s a website with some information about this:

Dogjaunt: Airline Under Seat Measurements

If you know of any more, let us know.

Reader Comments (5)

I just got back from Spain & Portugal Monday with a group of students. I gave up my overhead space for them going and coming. No problem for me since my GR1 fit under my seat each time both on the Embraer and 757. It's a very liberating feeling.
May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan
And very important if you look at American's new carry on/boarding policy
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalph
The seatguru.com site, which provides seating layouts for most major airlines' main aircraft types, tries to include the details as to which seat in the row has limited underseat space due to layout or equipment boxes.
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjrdelirio
The underseat electronics gear was terrible - for the sake of movie variety, we lost almost all underseat leg room, really bad on transpacific flights. Fortunately on China Airlines out of SFO they have upgraded their inflight entertainment systems to MUCH more compact units, and not every seat in an aisle has them.
June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMWebb
Make sure and check both airline dimensions for pet carriers and personal items. Allegiant Air has smaller posted allowances for personal items than the pet carrier.
June 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstevenshytle

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