Wednesday 21 February 2018

Choosing a seat is plane sailing

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Gemma O'Doherty

Choosing a seat on a plane is a risky business. You might be the sort who likes to sit near the front so you can get off first and avoid engine noise.

But the top of the aircraft is a magnet for young families, so do you really want to spend the flight next to a bawling baby?

So how about the middle, near the emergency exit? It's certainly one of the safest places to be on the plane in a crash, and sitting over the wing is a less turbulent spot, but the downside is you've a bit of a stroll to the loo.

The back of the aircraft can be handy for grabbing free overhead space, but then you risk getting the dregs from the food trolley.

Then there's the dilemma of whether to opt for window, aisle or centre.

Veteran window-sitters love to observe the sights taking off and landing -- some even decide which side of the plane to sit on according to where the sun will be.

And if you're able to snooze during a flight, the window provides the perfect perch to rest your head.

Only nervous nellies like the middle seat, while the aisle seat gives you more freedom to move, but there's also the problem of getting your elbows bumped.

However, a new survey claims to have pinpointed 'the perfect seat' on a typical aircraft and shows exactly where passengers would like to sit if given a choice.

The study, which was carried out by flight-comparison website Skyscanner, found that 62pc of the respondents prefer an even seat.

Most passengers prefer a window seat towards the front of the plane, while only one percent of those questioned said they would choose a middle seat instead of a window or an aisle.

More than 1,000 airline passengers were questioned on which section they preferred to sit in and whether they opted for a window, middle or aisle seat.

After filtering the entire results of the survey, Skyscanner concluded the most sought-after spot on a standard aeroplane is seat 6A.

The finding supports previous studies that have suggested the front six rows are the most popular for ease of getting off the plane, reduced engine noise and a better selection of food.

Nearly half of those surveyed agreed this was the optimum section of an aircraft.

The results of the survey come as yet another airline prepares to charge for bookable seats.

Easyjet is clearly aware of the preference for seats towards the front as it now charges £8 (€9.80) for passengers to book seats in this section of the plane.

The standard price to pre-book seats in any other section is £3 (€3.70).

The least popular choice was 31E -- a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft.

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