How to choose the best seat on an airplane
How many times has this happened to you, when you took a flight and were uncomfortable for hours? It happened to us many, many times. There are many factors that can make the flight exhausting: little room to stretch our legs, noise from engines, people who bother you all the time to exit, etc. In this post we will give you some tips on choosing the best seat in an airplane (or the one that best suits your needs). Your trip doesn’t have to be a torture, but a pleasure and you will be enjoying the flight.
1. There is no need to pay for the seat
Airlines will always try to make you pay for your seat. If you don’t want to pay for it, you are randomly assigned a seat. If you travel alone this is not a problem, but if you travel with your partner or a friend you will want to sit together. We always do the check-in without paying for the seats, sit on the seats that have been assigned to us (which are usually far away from each other) and wait for the boarding to be completed. Most flights will never be full, so we take advantage of this to move and sit together. If you want to make sure that you will be able to sit together, assuming that all the seats are taken, what you can do to avoid having to pay for both seats, is to do the online check-in for both without choosing the seats. After it’s done, change only one of the seats, the one that is less convenient for you and pay for the seat next to the one where you want to stay. This will save you the cost of paying for one of the seats.
2. Choose the window seat
For long flights it’s better to choose the window seat. If you intend to sleep during the flight, this is the best choice because you can lean your head and also because this way you avoid your neighbors bothering you everytime they want to exit. Aside from this you will have great views and that’s priceless.
3. Or the one on the emergency exit
If you need more legroom, choose the emergency exit seats. The disadvantage of sitting in this row is that all personal items should be stored in the overhead compartments. But it also has advantages such as avoiding the risk of having to sit near children who may cry the whole trip (this happened to us more than once). Children can’t sit on the emergency exits. If you don’t want to pay for the seat, but you want to sit in this row, you can simply ask the cabin crew to let you move if nobody else occupies it. You’ re probably lucky, because on flights that aren’t full they’re not usually taken up, mostly because you have to pay for them.
4. Avoid these rows
On long flights, don’t choose seats on the row in front of the emergency exit, because they can’t be leaned back. On low cost airplanes, normally none of the seats can be leaned back, but if it’s a long flight and not so low cost, you will want to recline the seat for more comfort. You’ll thank us for this tip later.
5. The safest seats
According to experts, the chances of dying in a plane crash are one in 11 million. So don’t worry about it. If you’re curious to know which seats are the safest on the plane, they say they’re the back half, behind the wings. So if you’re afraid of planes you might want to know this when choosing your seat. Even if nothing happens, there are people who are afraid to fly. For those of you who fly with fear: the plane is the safest mode of transport.
6. The entire row for you
If you are travelling as a couple and want to have a whole row for you, the best thing to do would be to reserve the window and aisle seats. Nobody likes the middle seat, so there’s a good chance it will be empty. If the plane is full and there is a person who has been assigned the middle seat, you can always ask them to switch and they will also be grateful.
These are our tips for choosing the best seat on an airplane. We don’t complicate our lives too much. We don’t pay for seats, but we almost always get to sit where we want to and most importantly, sit together.
That’s why we recommend you to ask the crew, or your neighbour. Usually people who travel alone don’t mind changing seats so that a couple or a few friends can sit together. However, all this should be done after all passengers have sat down so you won’t stand in the way. 🙂
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