One of the pitfalls of flying today is that airlines don’t always allow you to select a specific seat when you buy your ticket. But if you’re allowed to do so, you’re bound to have a more comfortable flight because it does matter where you sit. Read this informative article and find out how to determine where you should book a seat on an airplane.
1. If You’re Afraid of the Plane Crashing…
According to Popular Mechanics who conducted their own study, the safest place to be in the event of a crash is in the back of the plane. They based their study on raw data from every commercial jet plane crash in the United States since 1971. Two examples that led to this conclusion are the 1982 Air Florida
accident in Washington, D.C., and the 1972 crash of an Eastern 727 at New York’s Kennedy Airport. The few survivors in both aircrafts all held seats in the last few rows.
2. If Turbulence Bothers You…
Make sure to book a seat just behind the wings near the middle of the airplane, or over the wings. These areas are best because this section has the smallest angle of motion. The problem with turbulence, besides being scary, is that it can cause motion sickness. Dizziness, cold sweat, nausea and vomiting are common symptoms. Fortunately, the more you fly, the more you should get used to turbulence.
3. If You Have Children…
Choose seats in the back of the airplane for 3 obvious reasons: 1) You’ll be close to the restroom; 2) You’ll be close to the back galley so you can get a flight attendant quickly, and 3) You’ll likely have more room because that area fills up the slowest. You and your children will probably have to wait longer to get off the airplane, but you can use the extra time to make final restroom visits and get organized.
4. If You Need Extra Legroom…
Choose an exit row seat because they’re usually roomier. You may consider a bulkhead seat which is right behind a barrier such as a curtain or wall. Since there’s no one seated in front of you, you won’t have someone reclining into your space.