Survey reveals the best airplane seat

Survey reveals the best airplane seat

Believe it or not, some people prefer the middle seat. For the rest of us, up front is where it’s at

best airplane seatThis time, we're quite happy for the 1 percent to have their way. If I were to guess what airplane seat you preferred on flights, and be correct, that would be impressive, wouldn’t it? 

Well here I go.


OK that may not have worked.

But had I said a seat in rows one to six, I would have been right for nearly half the people reading this article. Had I predicted an even number, I would have been right for nearly two-thirds of you.

This perfect airplane seat has been uncovered by Skyscanner, who recently asked more than 1,000 frequent fliers about their seat-selection strategies.

They found that 45 percent of people opt for a seat in the front section of a plane (rows 1-6), with most opting for seat 6A.

The poll asked about a standard 40-row Boeing 757 and did not include extra leg-room seats, so no, 6A is not in First or Business Class.

“Our poll shows that travelers are very particular about where they sit, with most people heading towards the front of the aircraft on the left hand side,” said Sam Baldwin, travel editor for Skyscanner. 

“The most popular seat, 6A, is well positioned for those wanting to disembark the aircraft quickly without being too close to the hustle and bustle of the front toilets.”

The front section could also be less susceptible to engine noise, and may even provide a better choice of food, Baldwin added. 

But if 6A is the airplane equivalent of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, 31E is like the stinking, tatty couch that only the dog sits on. No one wants to go there.

“It’s an awkward middle seat, towards the rear of the aircraft which is neither close to the exit doors or the toilets,” said Baldwin.

Nonetheless, “awkward middle seats” were selected by 1 percent of those polled. Either they know something I don’t, or air travel really does affect people in strange ways.

Click here for the full graphic showing where people like to sit

How do you select your airplane seat and which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. 

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