There's a very good reason why you should always choose to sit on the left side of a plane
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It’s easy to overthink which plane seat to go for when selecting your space online while booking, let’ face it.
You want to be close to the toilet, but not too close to the toilet. The window seat is good for a view, but less good if you need to get out and stretch your legs.
And you don’t really want to be the one in charge of an emergency exit, but then you’re in a good spot if it does kick off... Decisions, decisions.
Then there’s the whole matter of optimising your position for the drinks trolley, as you don’t want to be stuck waiting an hour for an overpriced whisky miniature as the flight attendants slug their way through the aisles.
Honestly, why do we even bother flying?
Well, according to Anton Radchenko from AirAdvisor, there are things to consider when selecting your seats that you may not have even considered, having shared his ultimate dos and don’ts for air travel.
The expert believes you’re best choosing to sit on the left side of the plane, for starters.
Why? Well, it’s all to do with space – one of those things we all crave so much while up in the air.
“The plane’s left side typically provides more headrest room than the right due to the location of the windows, so aim for the left side,” Radchenko explained.
He also said that window seats are always ‘the most desired seats’ - and with ‘good reason’.
“You can use the window as a headrest and people won’t disturb you when they want to go the bathroom,” he said.
Radchenko also thinks the area with the most amenities is the front of the plane, where you can board and disembark first, in turn minimising the time on board.
He added that the front of the plane usually gets food and drink first (a good one to remember), there is often less turbulence and it also tends to be quieter.
As for where to avoid? Radchenko said that the seats at the back of the plane are typically less smooth, as you can feel the turbulence more.
It’s also usually louder due to the aircraft's engines and auxiliary power located near the rear – while seats near the loo can be noisier due to people standing around or the flushing of the toilet.
So, choose your seat wisely when you book a flight.
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