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Does Flying Backward on United Make it Better? I Still Don’t Know.

Jake Redman January 19, 2018 1

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Airline: United
Aircraft: 777-200
Seat maps: Seat Guru
Our Seat(s): 1G (Bulkhead)
Class: Business

But I’m Not Tired!

Lie-flat seating is nice but when you’re up, you’re up. These seats unfold into nap-worthy beds but I’m happy to recline and watch TV… and maybe attempt to get some work done.

I chose 1G well in advance of the flight so that I wouldn’t end up in one of the rear-facing seats in this cabin. I’m not sure why it freaks me out to fly backwards but it does. Maybe it’s that I’m a grown (old) man with no desire to ride like my kids in their car seats.

In my day, we sat face-forward in the FRONT.

Pillows and Blankets by Saks.
United Transcon Bedding provided by Saks Fifth Avenue


Personal TV’s were stocked with standard handfuls of movies and 3-packs of sitcoms. What shows do YOU only watch on planes?

Me? Veep & Big Bang Theory.


This flight was dominated by spinning wait-wheels. Clearly, the plane was configured with older wi-fi so it may not be fair to curse it’s usability while the airline works to install new systems. But it was bad bad bad sloooooow.

Starters Menu on a United Transcon flight from LAX to EWR
United’s Welcome Aboard. Bring the food!!!

It’s a Small Pie Made With Eggs.

Quiche seemed the most appealing of all breakfast foods on the menu. Slightly above edible I liked the crust quite a bit. The middle was typical in-flight egg loaf.

Best Service I’ve had on United in FOREVER.

I don’t want to play this up too much, but something must be happening at United. Flight attendants seemed genuinely happy to be there, or at least not mad. The entire crew was reliably smiley and helpful throughout.

Rating: 5.5 (of 10)

Route Flown for this review:  Los Angeles (LAX) – New York/Newark (EWR)

Other Transcon Options to NYC Area from LAX:

JetBlue to JFK in Mint
American Airlines to JFK in First
Virgin America to EWR in First

Thanks for watching and reading our review aboard this Boeing 777-200 in United Business Class. See our other United Airlines reviews in our Plane Seats section.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Bob Lablob on January 20, 2018

    I’ve flown backwards on UA more times that I can remember and the only time I ever really notice it is when we’re taxiing out for take off and even then if I’ve already started watching a movie I’ll completely forget what’s happening. So while I don’t mind it at all I’ve seen some ppl lose their minds about it. I actually volunteered to switch with a guy on ORD-HKG because he wouldn’t stop whining about it before the door was even closed. He didn’t evensay thank you but the GS agent made sure the FAs took care of me. Anyways, it’s no big deal at all. If anything I think it’s good because it allowed them to squeeze in extra business class seats and I’m sure without them some of my upgrades wouldn’t have cleared and I’d be in the back.

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