Excuse my language. But I propose we change the airline industry phrase “seat pitch” to “seat bitch.”
In airline industry jargon, seat pitch refers to the “space between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it,” according to that trustworthy source, Wikipedia. It’s a measurement given in inches that airlines use to indicate how little space you’ll actually have.
It’s an app version of SeatGuru.com, which gives you the 411 on airplane seats for both domestic and international routes. There’s also an iOS SeatGuru app, which has been out a bit longer (current version is 1.1).
As a website and app, SeatGuru’s goal is to help you pick the best airplane seats based on such criteria as Wi-Fi, power port, and personal TV availability; the ability (or lack thereof) to recline; and, you guessed it, seat pitch (listed on the seat charts’ ‘Info’ tab).
TripAdvisor is now the official developer of the SeatGuru apps, which means the apps also let you shop for flights and receive flight status alerts.
If you’ve got only one computer screen and are a frequent flyer, I have two pieces of advice. First, get a second screen. You won’t believe how much time you’re wasting doing all your work on one monitor.
Second, download SeatGuru to your Android or iPhone. As you shop on your computer for flights, have SeatGuru ready on your handheld to minimize tabbing back and forth between websites on your computer. It makes booking a flight—and perhaps the flight itself—a bit less painful.
James A. Martin is a seasoned tech journalist and blogger based in San Francisco and winner of the 2014 ASBPE National Gold award for his CIO.com blog. He writes CIO.com's Living the Tech Life blog and is also a content marketing consultant.