20+ Tips to Pick the Right Airline Seat From a Guy Who Flies More Than Some Pilots
Experienced travelers know that a good airline seat determines the quality of your flight by practically 200%. But sometimes it may be difficult to act quickly and choose the most comfortable seat while you’re at the airport. Airline employees are more concerned about checking in all the passengers promptly, while travel agencies have to think about the whole group. The only thing left to do is to take the matter into your own hands.
Leo is ready to lend a hand to novice tourists. The New York dweller takes more than 50 flights a year and has come up with his own strategy on how to choose the perfect seat. We at Bright Side are anxious to try out some of his tips. They’ll probably come in handy for you too. So have a look at the list and save the tips for your future travels.
6. Short flights
- If your flight is short, it’s better to ask for a window seat. But keep in mind that if you choose a wing seat, you’ll get no view.
- It’s better not to sit in the first row: you can’t put your bag under the seat in front of you during take-off. It’s better to avoid the last row too since you can’t tilt back the seats that are located near the lavatory. So if you don’t want to spend the whole flight in a vertical position, you should avoid these seats.
- If you book your seat online, choose one in a row where the aisle seat is already taken. Then there’s a chance that the middle seat will remain open and they’re often filled last. Overwise, there’s a high possibility that you’ll spend the flight with a noisy couple or a mother with a child — none of which are the most pleasant of options. However, it’s fine to sit in the middle if your flight is only a couple of hours long.
5. Long flights
- Choose an aisle seat if the flight is more than 5 hours long. This way you can get up at any time, take a walk, and stretch your legs.
- When booking online, make sure that 1 out of 3 seats in your row is already taken. Doing so will increase your chance of spending a flight with just one person and not with a couple or a woman with a kid.
- Don’t choose the front row seats. Armrests are often immovable there, so you can’t lift them up. And if there’s a free seat near you, you won’t be able to relax at these 2 seats at once.
4. Large aircrafts
- On large airplanes, each row can contain 3×3 seats. But even in this case, seats near the aisle in the middle section are the most comfortable ones. You can easily get up and only one passenger will disturb you asking to let them out during the flight. And there’s a chance that a couple will sit next to you. In this case, you won’t be disturbed at all.
3. Boeing-747s and other wide-bodied aircrafts
- Despite the fact that the middle section contains 4 seats, the aisle seat is still the most comfortable one. Only one person will disturb you asking you to let them out (the passenger from the seat closest to you).
- Don’t choose the aisle seats in the left and right sections of the airplane. You can get 2 passengers sitting next to you, so you’ll have to let out both of them.
- Even if there’s an aisle seat available, don’t choose it when 2 seats near it are free. A couple can occupy them at the last moment. It’s better to choose the row where the aisle seat on the opposite side is taken.
2. When you fly with your friend
- It’s better to sit in an aisle apart from each other. This way you’ll be able to get up when you want but still get a chance to chat. As a bonus, everyone gets a middle seat near them that can be free.
- The most important thing is not to forget that a middle seat is better than an aisle seat when they’re located in the last rows. And it’s up to you to take the seat yourself or give it to your friend.
1. When you fly with your partner
- If you book your seats online, it’s better to find 3 available seats in a row and block them from 2 sides: one near the window and the other in an aisle. In this case, there’s a great chance that no one will sit between you 2. And even if someone decides to take this seat, you can always ask to change seats with this person.
Some extra tips
- No matter what everyone says, the back of the plane is still the safest place to sit.
- The back of the plane is usually filled with fewer passengers. Checking in starts from the front part. So your chances of flying without neighbors are higher. Besides, passengers with children usually take front seats since baby bassinets are usually fixed on a front wall. So if you’re flying without headphones or earplugs, it’ll be quieter in the back.
- However, if you choose seats close to the front but not the first rows, you’ll be able to leave the plane rather quickly. It means you won’t have to wait in line for too long at border control. But this rule works only if passengers get into the airport immediately after leaving the plane and don’t get transferred there by bus.
- Seats in the back may be cheaper. Airlines often make passengers pay more for economy class seats in the front part of the plane.
- As a rule, flight attendants start to give out food starting from the front part of the plane. When passengers have to choose between chicken and fish they usually choose chicken. So back seats are often left with no choice — fish only. So if you want to have alternative options for lunch, choose seats in the front part of the plane.
- The most important thing to remember is that all airplanes are different. Every one of them has different seats, armrests that can be removable, and sometimes you can’t stretch out your legs or there’s no window present. To make these tips work, you have to know the exact seat layout for a particular plane. You can easily find them in open excess on SeatGuru.
How do you choose your aircraft seats? What is the most important factor for you? Share it with us in the comments!
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