Perfect airline seat calculated

The perfect seat on an aircraft has been calculated by a survey of more than 1,000 airline passengers’ seat preferences.

With most budget airlines not offering allocated seating, there is always a rush by passengers to try and get their favourite seat. Research by holiday comparison website Skyscanner has revealed that the ideal seat on an aircraft, with the exception of those with extra legroom, is seat 6A.

This seat is close to the front of the aircraft, allowing for a quick exit at the end of the journey, and is always a window seat – a preferred choice amongst most passengers. “There is always a great rush to get on board and get that favoured seat and I think it is really interesting that there are so many differing opinions on this,” said Sam Baldwin, Travel Editor at Skyscanner.

“Anecdotally some passengers seem to opt for the middle section near the wings where they are less likely to feel turbulence while others want to be near the front for ease of getting off the plane, less engine noise or even to get a better choice of food available.”

The first six rows of an aircraft were found to be the most popular, taking 45% of the vote, while 60% of people said they’d prefer a window seat. “The window seems a popular choice for those looking to sleep, especially for long haul flights, while those who take more trips to the toilet prefer the aisle so as not to disturb fellow passengers and the aisle is also popular for tall passengers looking to stretch their legs,” added Mr Baldwin.

“Frequent fliers have also reported that the left hand side of the plane is best as the windows are off centre, allowing for wall space to lean on.” If you are going on holiday this year, remember to take out travel insurance before you leave. This will give you peace of mind while you’re away as you’ll know you’re protected.

Date Created: 02 May 2012

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