Tips for Picking the Best Seat on the Plane for You

Here are the seats airline experts say you should seek out and avoid on your next flight, especially if you are paying for a seat assignment.

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With more airlines now charging for advanced seat selection, it’s important that you pick the best seat for your personal needs. The Huffington Post did some digging and discovered that different sections of the plane may appeal to different passengers. Here’s what you need to know:

Front of the Plane – If you get airsick or need to get work done while flying, then seek out a seat up front. There tends to be less turbulence toward the front of the plane and it’s also quieter. Other perks include being among the first to disembark and you usually get served snacks and beverages first.  

Window Seats – Not only do you get a view, but you don’t get disturbed by your seatmates needing to get up to use the restroom. When picking your seat, experts say to choose the left side of the plane as it tends to offer more headrest room due to the location of the windows.

Middle and Overwing Seats – If you suffer from motion sickness, experts say the middle seat over the wing offers the smoothest ride.

Aisle Seats – If you want a little extra legroom, the aisle seat might be for you. But keep in mind that you will need to get up every time one of your seatmates needs to get out of the row. And you can get bumped by beverage carts and passing passengers.

Bulkhead Seats – Many people think the bulkhead is best because you have plenty of room to stretch your legs. But that extra legroom comes with a severe lack of storage. You will need to keep your belongings in the overhead bins. It’s also important to note that many bulkheads have bassinet options for babies, so if you’re not traveling with a little one this might not be the best spot for you.

Interestingly, while many people covet the exit row because it provides more legroom, the expert the HuffPost talked to suggests avoiding these seats because you can’t recline, and some airlines restrict what you can store under the seat in front of you in an exit row.

Do you have a favorite seat on the plane? Message The Seniors Trust on Facebook or Twitter and let us know which seat you pick when you have the choice and if you might try sitting somewhere else after reading this article.