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The Seat: Classy tan leather seats await as you board this Porter Airlines Q400. Trudge your way back to row 14 past a block of seats that might be a little close to the engine for peace and quiet. If you’ve ever been in in an economy seat aboard a regional plane, the extra couple inches of legroom might come as a surprise. Once you’re done trying to figure out how many extra rows you might be able to fit into this space if you were a far more greedy entrapeneur than Mr. Porter, you really start to enjoy the added space.
- Tech/Connectivity: You’ll get complimentary wi-fi within the airline’s lounges where available, but it ends there. Flights are typically short so it may not be that much of a nuisance but a bummer if you can’t go more than an hour without checking in, tweeting or checking game scores.
Food: Food is the part of the review that’s usually blank, at least when it comes to shorter regional flights. This flight came with a small meal box with a tasty chicken wrap, cucumber salad (strangely, ridiculously good).
Summary: While this 14th row “normal” coach seat doesn’t fit the classic definition of an upgrade, it does offer 2-3 inches of knee space and food service you likely wouldn’t find in economy with another carrier. For a “non-upgrade” seat, this feels a bit like an upgrade.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5)
Strategy: This is a normal coach seat aboard this aircraft so just book and choose your seat early.