The Very Best Airplane Seats for Every Type of Need
Spoiler alert: Bulkhead seats and exit rows shouldn’t always be your top choice.
If you have a tight connection
Book airplane seats toward the front of the aircraft if you’re eager to make a quick exit after landing. “If you don’t want to pay for a first-class seat, that could mean you’re seated directly in front of the bulkhead—the wall separating first class from the main cabin,” says Richard Gonzales, an aviation consultant with Briscoe Group. These are sometimes not the coziest rows to sit in because you won’t be able to stretch your legs or store a personal bag in front of you, but worth the sacrifice if you’re on a short flight or have a quick layover, says Gonzales. Here are 7 hidden airplane features you had no idea existed.
For reduced noise
“If you don’t like noise from kids, families tend to be moved to the rear of the plane, so best to stay at the front. Plus, you’re also away from the engines,” says Anthony Bianco of The Travel Tart.
Airplane crashes are extremely rare, but if you’re worried, the most survivable airplane seats in a plane crash tend to be in the back of the aircraft close to the tail section. “This has been proven in both real and simulated accidents, as the tail will tend to separate first or be the last spot to impact,” says Dan Boland, co-founder of Holidaypromocode.com. “That’s why aircraft black boxes are always in the tail section.” Next, check out the 40 things your airplane pilot won’t tell you.