Secrets to Choosing a Great Airplane Seat

June 19th, 2013 by The JetSetter Team | 2 Comments »

JS - Jason Hartman Income Property InvestingInternational flights across the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean routinely push twenty hours. Even a cross-country jaunt from coast-to-coast in America can stretch to four hours or longer. That’s an eternity spent sitting on your keister in one spot. Actually, you’re crazy if you never get up. You’re liable to become molecularly bonded in place. Get up and move around around a little! The point here is that your selection of seat becomes of critical importance if you’re going to be in the air for a substantial length of time. This becomes less important if you’re lounging around in the first class cabin, but when it comes to coach, it pays to know the secrets of choosing your location wisely.

Does it make a difference where you sit in coach? Aren’t all seats created equal? Not hardly. While they are probably all the same size and shape, their specific location on the airplane can be the difference between arriving refreshed at your destination or feeling like you’ve gone through the Spanish Inquisition. Here are some factors to consider.

Leg Room: If you have the need for extra leg room, your best bet is in is an aisle or exit row seat. On longer routes, you might want to book a seat in the back row. While the engine noise is greater (a small matter when you have a nice set of noise-cancelling headphones), there is usually a larger space in which to stretch out.

Sleeping: If you have plans to catch a few hours of sleep in-flight, forget the aisle and grab a window seat instead. Also avoid being near the toilets. There may be an almost constant flow of people using the facilities. Expect long lines and certain amount of jostling and bumping that occurs in and around that area. Noise and light from the opening and closing of the door can also be a distraction. For better sleep, don’t rely on the airline’s pillow offering (possibly lumpy and of suspect cleanliness) but bring your own. Don’t opt for the inflatable variety. They’re liable to leave you with a stiff neck and might require periodic re-inflating.

Of course, the best insurance against ending up in a crappy seat is to dig deep into the wallet for the first class cabin ticket. That’s what Jason Hartman does. But if you decide against it, book your flight early and study that coach cabin layout because it does indeed make a difference where you park your buns. (Top image: Flickr | MattHurst)

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