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Hello and welcome to Seat 1A!

When you travel, do you ever wonder how you can be that person who is always ahead of the pack, even when things go awry? Hosts Vinod Viswalingam (@VViswalingam) and Geoff Dahl (@geoffdahl) are proud to present The Seat 1A Podcast.

Seat 1A aims to provide savvy travellers with advanced industry based knowledge to enhance the air travel experience and take off from the crowd. By arming you with an understanding of the systems, processes, rules and structures that define modern air travel, Seat 1A strives to give you the upper hand by examining real experiences from abroad.

Whether traveling in ultra-economy or first-class, with or without frequent flyer status, knowing how the operation works will keep you moving in front of the masses, especially when things don’t go as planned. Seat 1A provides tips and tricks on how to make your travel experience as smooth and efficient as possible. Our goal is that you'll be in Seat 1A all the time!

We have over 5 million miles of flying and over 10 years working for numerous airlines, enjoying all classes and cabins, and exploring airports on every continent. We're enthusiastic #avgeeks, with a keen interest in modern aviation trends and aim to share our knowledge in The Seat 1A Podcast. To learn more about who we are, check out Experience 010!

The Seat 1A Podcast also relies on feedback from listeners, offering the chance to take real experiences and analyze them, breaking them down to understand what happened, where things went well or wrong and what can be learned from it. If you have a story, question or experience that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Jul 28, 2021

In this experience we are happy to come to you from the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge at Vancouver International Airport. Vinod is returning to the air for the first time since February 2020 – making a splash with his first overseas flight since the summer of 2019.

Vinod shares his experience of booking the seat and the documentation he has had to produce during these times. He's in business class...we don't have to even ask which seat he has selected. (Hint...Seat 1A).

Vinod shares his experience of being back in the airport – from check-in to just sitting back and enjoying the lounge.

Vinod is on a flight just under ten hours from Vancouver – where will he arrive? We will reveal it to you in Experience 50. Since there is a 10-hour flight with mask wearing the entire time, Vinod shares a travel hack to save his ears. He advises of the changes to lounge food ordering currently in effect in Vancouver.

Geoff is also flying again after almost a year. He is experiencing an Airbus 220 for the first time on a Canadian domestic flight.

Time to board. Bon Voyage Vinod!

If you have a story about overseas travel during COVID-19, or other experiences that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Patreon. Show notes are available online at