Q. What is the best lifehack for getting great seats on plane a flight?
A. The question you must first ask is “Are some seats better than others?” The answer is yes and there are ways to nab the best spots for yourself. Of course what is considered “a best seat” will be different for different people. Let’s look at some variables.
If you are able to choose the type of seat you want keep this in mind.
In economy class:
- Choose a seat that allows for a slight recline feature of a few inches or legroom in bulkhead seat or emergency exit row.
- Flyer beware: The seats in front of an exit row and at the very back of the plane do not recline. Often those behind the exit have weird window configurations.
- Sitting by the galley can be loud as the crew prepares food and beverages and will often meet there during quiet periods on the flight.
- The bathrooms are usually near the galley so if you sit in that area be ready for either noise or people tripping over you.
In first and business classes there are usually two types of seats available.
If you need is comfort more than price this is what you need to know about first and business class.
- Lie-flat seats that allow passengers to recline the seat down to 180-degrees for comfortable sleeping.
- Reclining seats known as angle seats. For Business and First class, the key feature is lie-flat seats, not ones that are on an angle. Frequent flyers call those uncomfortable angled ones ‘wedgie seats’ — Guess why?
* Need extra room? The good news is that you can get that extra room by sitting in the exit row. If you choose that there may be responsibilities beside eating and sleeping. If you have proximity to an exit or are next to an emergency exit window you may be deemed an able-bodied person (ABP). That means if an emergency occurs and the captain calls for an evacuation, you will be responsible for helping with the process.
Depending upon the aircraft, type of emergency, and the flight attendants’ needs, some passengers may be asked to open the emergency window and assist passengers out of the plane. If you are sitting near an emergency exit door you may be asked to help open a door during the evacuation — or, once the door is open, go to the bottom of the emergency exit slide and help people off and tell them to move away from the plane.
Decide if you are ready to trade off responsibility for saving lives in order to get more leg room.
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