Flight secrets have revealed that you need to be careful when booking a flight seat. If you do have the luxury of choosing where to sit, there is one row in particular that you should avoid.
Plane seats are designed with safety in mind, with comfort for passengers not the number one priority.
However, there is nothing worse than spending the entire journey cramped and uncomfortable.
A frequent traveller, Nicole Yi, explains why she now avoids the row infant of the emergency exit on an aircraft choosing a more comfortable row instead.
Frequent flyers avoid the row in front of the emergency exit row
The row in front of the emergency is also referred by frequent flyers as “the row that doesn’t recline”
She explained on Popsugar that the row in front of the emergency is also referred by frequent flyers as “the row that doesn’t recline”.
The exit row behind does have the luxury of extra legroom but also comes with the responsibility of manning the exit door if anything were to go wrong.
It is therefore important that the pathway to this door remains clear at all times, without the obstruction of having reclining chairs in front.
For the same reason that dinner trays have to be tied up during takeoff and landing, these seats will never recline.
The last row of seats is one of the worst
This means then, that unless you want to spend a long-haul flight sat upright with a cricked neck, avoid the row infront of the emergency exit.
This, however, isn’t the only row to avoid, Nicole has advised staying away from the last row of seats on a plane. These will be the closest to the toilet but on a long flight, the smell might dampen your holiday mood.
Crammed into the back of the aircraft, these seats also don’t recline, and you will spend the flight with passengers loitering by the toilet standing above your head.
Nicole also flagged the bulkhead row or the first row behind first class on a smaller planes, where priority boarding passengers are seated in front.
These seats might have extra legroom, a priority for those with longer legs, but the seats will most likely be narrower as the tray will be fitted to the side of the seat and not the wall in front.
There are a few seating tricks to make sure you always get the best plane seat when flying.
Booking your ticket and seat as early as possible is always a good idea and researching which plane you will be flying on is also advisable as each plane has a slightly different layout.
Websites such as Seat Guru are useful in that they offer various layouts of different planes to help make your choice easier.