Tired of crying infants? Can't stretch your legs? Find out which are the best and worst airline seats so you can have a comfortable flight because you can!
How to avoid the worst seats on the plane
You are resigned to this seat for the next 12 hours. Not only can't you stretch your legs, but there is a limit to how much you can recline your seat. You are also next to the lavatory and there is a crying infant next to you. You think: am I on the worst seat in this plane? Possibly yes. Never let that happen again after you read this, because you will know what bad seats are and how to avoid them.
Know your bad seats
What’s worse than the last row of the aircraft? Being at that row of seats is simply unfortunate, as you can’t recline your seats much. Likely next to the lavatory, you will also get treated to ‘scents’. After meals, you will have everyone looking over you while they queue for their turn for the toilet. Otherwise, chatting or the noise of closing and opening storage compartments will invade your ears.
Sounds bad? If you take a look around – wait – there’s nothing to look at because there are no windows as well. Physics dictates that turbulence is normally felt stronger when located at the back of the plane. To top it all up, you are the last ones to get off the plane. That’s definitely not ideal if you are making a tight connection.
Are these the only bad ones on the plane? No. All middle seats are unpopular for obvious reasons. Other than being sandwiched, you can’t recline as much. Seats are designed this way in case of evacuation emergencies.
One would think that the best seats are the ones at the exit row, but they have a potential downside. You can be stretching your legs further out, but not feel comfortable because that area tends to be colder than surrounding seats.
When you consider a seat in the front row of a sector, bear in mind that you won’t have storage under the seat in front of you. That can be inconvenient if you want easy access to personal items such as your medication.
How to avoid bad seats
If you haven’t heard of SeatGuru, you need to know it now. This site details right down to where problematic areas could be in your carrier – proximity to galleys, missing windows, limited recline or reduced seat width. It also tells you where you can find extra legroom or storage space. If you need more help, TripAdvisor offers reviews from past passengers on many airlines. Once you feel you can make an educated choice, you can select your seat at the time of booking or check-in. You might be required to pay a little extra for better seats, but it could be worth it for long-haul flights. You do the math – a bit more out of your pocket or hours of sleepless frustration?