Hi, my husband and I are, hopefully, flying to Egypt this December. I have been recently diagnosed with a medical condition that makes it necessary for me to have easy access to touch my feet, stretch my feet and legs, and move them around frequently. I am considering submitting a request for a seating accommodation for a bulkhead seat through United. Is this the kind of thing that airlines make accommodations for?
If anyone has requested an accommodation such as a bulkhead seat, can you tell me if your travel partner also gets moved to a seat beside you?
Also, I my medical condition is a hidden disability. That is to say that I look perfectly normal on the outside, but my body doesn't work right on the inside. It causes me daily pain, and my husband and I are trying to make the most of the travel years we have now while I can still manage without too much pain. Do other passengers know that the airline has made an accommodation for you? I don't want to face any ill will from other passengers because I may have extra leg room when I look perfectly normal on the outside. Any advice from those of you who may be in a similar situation?
ETA: Yes, I expect to have to pay for the seats. Does anyone have experience with not getting moved when the airline switches the aircraft? (See my reply below.) Or not being bumped by someone else who has status with the airline and wants the bulkhead seat I selected? And what about codeshare flights for which I cannot, at this time, see or select/pay for seats. Also wondering about special treatment. I was once on a flight, and the attendant loudly and verbally made it clear that the passenger next to me had requested an accommodation. This was a while ago. I would hope things have changed. Any experience there?