Airplane flights are not famous for comfort. They are concerned with safety and not making sure you feel like you are sitting in your family room.
So, being strapped into a seat as you fly thousands of feet in the air is not for the most part fun.
But hang on, there a way to make your flight is less torturous. It is all a matter of choosing the right row. If you are lucky enough to select your own seat on the plane, you can exercise some control over the experience.
If you wish to have a more enjoyable flight, avoid these seats at all costs as follows:
Seats in the Back Row
One of the worst seats on an airplane is any seat in the back row. That’s because these seats do not recline as much as other seats on a plane. You are also too close to the toilets and galley. Besides the activity around you, do not forget about turbulence. If you sit in the back rows of an airplane, you feel turbulence more than other passengers sitting toward the front.
Seat Near the Entertainment Equipment Box
Everyone wants as much legroom as possible when they sit in an airplane seat. But if you end up in a seat where the entertainment equipment box is located, you are completely out of luck. Seats in this area have precious little legroom and practically nonexistent space for overnight bags you need to stow beneath the seat. Instead of legroom, you have a metal box taking up the majority of the area beneath your feet and chair. According to seatguru.com, these metal boxes appear “on planes that feature a Personal TV or In-flight Power connections,” and they severely limit your ability to stretch out your legs during the flight.
The Bulkhead Row
You would think that the area directly behind 1st Class, the bulkhead row, would be the perfect seat to score for your next flight. After all, these seats are in the front row of the main cabin. And there is plenty of legroom. But before you purchase those seats think 2X. Yes, you get lots of legroom, but the seat will have to be narrower. The tray table is stored in the armrest, plus there is no storage area in front of your seat. That means you will have to stow your stuff in an overhead compartment. Unfortunately, every time you need something you’ll have to retrieve it from the storage area above your head, now you know not to book them.
The Exit Row
The exit row has some of the same drawbacks as the bulkhead row. Sure, you have plenty of legroom in the exit rows. But you often sacrifice a comfortable seat width. The seats in the exit row sometimes are narrower to accommodate the tray table within the armrest. If the exit area has two rows of seats, the first row of seats won’t let you recline. So, forget about getting any shut eye during that 10-hour flight. The only thing you will get is a crick in your neck.
The Middle Seat
The middle seat, this is the seat that many people try to avoid at all costs. No 1 in their right mind would want to be sandwiched in between 2 other passengers, especially during an 8 to 10-hour flight. The middle passenger has no access to the window or the aisle. He or she also has no arm rest to claim. The middle passengers have to rely on the kindness of others to have some way to rest an arm or elbow. If you are sitting with family or friends, it may not be that big of a deal. You can lean your head on wife’s shoulder and nap away. But if you are trapped between 2 strangers, it will be 1 uncomfortable flight where you try to avoid touching anyone.
Enjoy your travels…