Having booked our airline tickets the biggest worry in our minds is what seat to choose, especially if it is going to be a long journey. There are many factors that need to be kept in mind before deciding which type of seat is going to be the best for you.
WINDOW OR AISLE
Window seat is the best choice
- If you are looking forward to an undisturbed journey.
Aisle seat is a better choice
- If you need to stretch your legs during a flight.
There is however a drawback of sitting in the aisle
- You have to move every time the person in the window seat wants to get out.
- Also you are sitting just underneath the overhead lockers. If you aren’t careful something might fall down and injure you.
DAY FLIGHT or NIGHT FLIGHT
Window seats are a better choice in the night flight because
- You can sleep without being disturbed by anyone wanting to access the aisle.
- You can rest against the side of the aircraft.
SEATS TO BE AVOIDED
Middle seat- On a middle seat you can neither access the window nor the aisle. You’re just stuck and there is a lot of discomfort and confusion.
A seat at the back of the plane- Sitting on the back side of the plane makes sure your journey is both noisy and bumpy. The front of the plane is quietest except for some noise from the engine. Middle seats are noisier but still smoother.
Seats close to the galley- There is a lot of noise in the seats near to the galley in night flights. In day flight you can however enjoy easier service.
UPPER DECK or LOWER DECK
Sitting on the upper deck is preferable because
- They have smaller cabins and lower density configuration.
- You can also have a quieter journey in the upper deck.
SEATS BY EMERGENCY EXITS
- They are preferred because they give you more leg room.
There are some drawbacks of sitting in this seat that include
- You cannot stow your luggage under the seat in front of you.
- As they are often close to the galley, they can be noisy.
- A seat facing the bulkhead provides you more leg room.
These seats are avoided because
- Babies in bassinets often travel on these seats so they can be noisy especially during the night
- If there is a row in front of the bulkhead the recline of your seat may be fixed or restricted.
NINE ACROSS vs. TEN ACROSS
In a ten across there is an extra person in your row and a lot of extra people in your cabin.
- With more number of people you get tickets at a lesser price.
10 across needs to be avoided if
- You are going on a long journey as there may be space restrictions
- With more people it’s noisier and unpleasant.