Check this out–what a totally useful idea:
This concept rocks! For a traveler with pain, SeatGuru is an amazing resource. I plan to use this every time I book a flight from now on.
When you’re booking a flight online, you go to SeatGuru.com before you pick out the seats you want to sit in. Put in your airline and your flight number. The software pulls up the seating chart for your flight–the same chart you pick from when you’re making your flight reservations. But on SeatGuru, you get a seat-by-seat review of the cabin to help you make the best possible choice for your comfort.
Great seats appear in green. Problematic seats appear in yellow. Bad seats appear in red. When you mouse over the seating charts, pop-up boxes appear for each seat with basic information and descriptions. You can find out whether a seat reclines less/more than other seats, has less/more shoulder room, has less/more leg room, has an electrical outlet, has a personal TV, and so on.
On the down side, the white “typical seat” designation does not provide much detail–no pitch degree, no leg room measurements, no information about reclinability.
Another set of screens that provide great information are the comparison charts. Look to the left and look at the Comparison Chart area for the type of flight/plane you want to compare. The charts compare seat width and seat pitch, and amenities by flight number and airplane type.
Using this tool to find and book the most comfortable possible seats for your flight, and to avoid hidden “bad” seats that have less reclineability or no leg room.