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Best Seat On An Airplane, According To What You're Looking For

by Bob posted Jun 11 2014 5:44AM

There’s a perfect day to book your ticket and a perfect time (more or less) to get to the airport. Where's the perfect place to sit?

A recent study from budget airline easyJet claims to pinpoint the perfect airplane seat: 7F. Their reasoning? It sells the best.

But these results conflict with an earlier survey from Skyscanner, which claimed 6A was the best after polling travelers and considering "lucky numbers."

Ticket sales and lucky numbers are great, but neither of these methods seems entirely sound to us.

 

So which seat on the plane is the BEST? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for:

 

1. For SAFETY, pick an aisle seat in the rear, behind the "trailing edge of the wing."

An extensive study from Popular Mechanics found that passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows. Seats behind the trailing edge of the wings -- not over them -- had the highest survival rates. And choosing an aisle means you'll likely deplane more quickly in an emergency that requires evacuation.

 

2. For SLEEPING, pick a window seat on the left side of the plane, near the middle of the aircraft.

Frequent fliers say windows are off-center on the left side, providing a better spot to lay your head. The middle of an aircraft ensures you won't be bothered by bathroom lines or noisy galleys.

 

3. For STORAGE, pick a seat in the rear.

Almost all airlines (United Airlines and US Airways are noticeable exceptions) follow aback-to-front loading procedure, so if you're in a rear seat you'll get first dibs on overhead bin space.

 

4. For A QUICK EXIT, pick a seat on the left side of the plane, in the front.

We're talking about deplaning here, and it's obvious that on most planes, those in the front get to leave first. The main exit door is almost always on the left, so passengers tend to funnel out faster from that side of the plane.

 

5. For LEGROOM, pick an aisle seat in the exit row.

Exit row seats typically offer more space: a whopping 37-41 inches of pitch inJetBlue's Even More Space seats (though you'll have to pay extra for it), compared to 33 inches in JetBlue's regular rows. Picking an exit seat on the edge means you can stretch your legs into the aisle. Bulkhead seats may seem tempting, but consider thatsome will stuff your legs into cut-outs less than a foot high.

 

6. For KIDS, pick a seat in the bulkhead.

This one's a no-brainer: Most bulkhead seats leave more room for kids to move and sit on the floor, if allowed (just make sure your bulkhead row doesn't double as an exit row -- in that case, kids can't sit there).

The bathroom is nearby since you're in the front of the plane, and some bulkheads have bassinets for babies. Plus, no seats in front of you means there's a 50 percent decrease in the amount of bystanders you'll annoy.

06/11/2014 5:42AM
Best Seat On An Airplane, According To What You're Looking For
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