If you were ever stuck in the middle of a long haul jet, you probably know what it’s like to realize that your choice of seat (in case you had one) probably wasn’t the best. There are some pretty wise choices you should make before checking in to your next flight. Follow at least one of these five tips and you’ll have a much better flight experience.

1. Be On The Safe Side

According to Popular Mechanics and its study on air travel incidents and crashes done in 2007, your probably safest when seated in the rear section of the plane.

“Seats in the back of the plane, behind the trailing edge of the wing, had a 69 percent survival rate, while seats over the wing and in coach had a 56 percent survival rate. The front 15 percent of seats had a 49 percent survival rate, analysts found”, Popular Mechanics concludes.

 

These are your safest seats on a plane

Survival rates for various parts of a plane. (Illustration by Gil Ahn. Diagram Courtesy of seatguru.com).

2. Best Seats To Doze Off

Sleep is a cherished good when travelling an a plane. The head of your fellow passenger lolling around uncontrollably, coming to rest on your shoulder even, is getting things a little too personal. So why not head for the front section of the plane and grab a window seat. Why? Well that’s fairly simple. A window seat allows you to rest your head on the side, plus you wont be disturbed by the passengers next to you who is desperatley trying to reach the toilet in time.

3. Leaving Quickly

Getting off a plane at the final destination can be a real hassle ( and I don’t mean the movie here). As mentioned earlier, once you’re stuck in the middle of a wide-bodied airliner you’ll know that hitting that exit on time is a fad. So again try to book your seat in the front section of the plane and preferably on the left side. Planes are always being deboarded on the left. So you’ll hit the exit much quicker.

4. Get The Most Out Of Your Dining Experience

Of course you could opt for the first class seat on the upper deck of a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A380. But then you’d be having to pay fortunes for your seat. So why not opt for a seat near the front section (which looks like the best part of the plane when it comes to your travel wellbeing). The air in front is much better and more humid than in the packed aft-section where you’ll probably dig into your food whilst others are queing up for the toilet right nest to you.

5. Leg Room At A Budget Price

I’m 6′ 2″  and leg room is a constant issue when travelling on planes. Therefore I always look at the type of aircraft being deployed before checking in. Some wide-bodied aircrafts taper towards the rear end. This means that seats on either side of the plane are reduced the closer you get to the back. Four reduced to three, three seats reduced to two. So sitting on an isle seat in the aft-section could mean plenty of leg room for little cost. You could also opt for the emergency seats.

Airlines today have found emergency exit seats as an additional source of revenue.

Most of the leading airlines today charge extra for the leg room you get at an emergency exit. Plus you’d have to compromise on your comfort as most of the seats in emergency exit rows do not decline.

Useful Links

  • Seat Guru is probably THE website to go to when trying to find the right seats onboard: https://www.seatguru.com
  • Another fun app is KLM Meet & Seat by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines). With Meet & Seat you can view other passengers’ Facebook or LinkedIn profile details and see where they’ll be sitting – long before your flight leaves the ground.
  • A more costly thing is the Expert Flyer app, with monthly costs starting at $ 4,99: https://www.expertflyer.com

In any case. We do wish you safe travels and many happy landings and please don’t forget to like and comment this article.

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