Flying coach isn’t what it used to be—with less legroom, narrower seats, and thinner cushions and backrests. But there are ways to ensure a more comfortable flight.

Compare airlines

Not all carriers are created equally. To find out how they stack up, visit, which ranks hundreds of airlines’ long-haul and short-haul flights in first, business, and economy, based on seat comfort, meal quality, and even bathroom cleanliness, among other things.

Choose your seat wisely

Whether you’re looking for extra legroom or want to avoid seats with limited recline, posts graphic cabin layouts for more than 85 airlines, so you can pick the spot you want before booking.

Book an off-peak flight

Weekend flights tend to be more crowded. Instead, travel midweek, preferably at midday, to boost your odds of getting an emptier plane.