06photo/ShutterstockPicture a flight with touch-screen displays, hundreds of options for in-flight entertainment, and fresh meals from local farms brought straight to your reclining seat with ample legroom. For most fliers, it sounds like a thing of dreams—or at the very least, a thing that would come with a hefty price tag. But for fliers on Thai Airways, it’s just another day in economy class. North American-based fliers can check out the best—and worst—airlines in the U.S.
The World Airline Awards recently crowned Thai Airways the best economy class airline in the world. The awards featured 320 airlines, which were ranked using the results of a survey taken by 19.87 million fliers. Each carrier was evaluated on 49 topics, including its website, seat comfort, cleanliness, entertainment, food, and hospitality.
If you’re wondering exactly what you’re missing, Thai Airways offers in-flight entertainment that “may rival your home system,” as well as musical options “with hundreds of albums at your fingertips.” Even the bathrooms sound better than average, and are stocked with “fragrant toilet water.” If you’re wondering, this is the brilliant way flight attendants deal with smelly bathrooms.
For the record, no North American airlines ranked in the top 20 list of economy class airlines. In a separate list of “best airlines in North America” (note that this takes into account more than just economy class), Air Canada ranked first, followed by Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and jetBlue Airways.
We’ll keep you updated if a local carrier pushes its way into the top 20. In the meantime, these are the 16 air travel tips you need to know before your next flight.