Although many budget airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair won’t let passengers select a seat for free, on some airlines passengers can select their seat for free. Anton Radchenko, from AirAdvisor, shared the best seats travellers will want for their flight.
Front of the plane
Anton said: “The area with the most amenities is the front of the plane. You get to board and disembark first, minimising the time spent boarding.
“Also, the front of the plane gets food and drinks first, there is less turbulence, and it tends to be quieter.”
Passengers at the front of the plane might be served their meal first and will usually get to get off first.
The front of the plane could be quieter but might be noisy if passengers are seated near the toilet.
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Anton said: “Window seats are often coveted seats, and with good reason. Window seats are convenient because you can use the window as a headrest, and people won’t wake you up to use the restroom.”
According to Anton, the plane’s left side usually has more headrest room than the right due to the window location.
Passengers will have more space to sleep if they’re in the window seat and may enjoy good views as the plane descends.
Passengers on the right side of the plane usually have the best views of the city flying into London Heathrow.
Middle and overwing seats
Anton said: “Most people aim for something other than the middle because it is cramped. But did you know that the middle, over the wing, is the smoothest spot?
“This is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness or prefer the smoothest ride possible.”
Seats over the wing are usually the smoothest so could be the ideal spot for passengers who suffer from motion sickness.
However, passengers in the middle of the plane may be the last to disembark on a large plane or the last to be fed.
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Anton said: “Aisle seats are an excellent option for those who want extra room without losing the ability to recline their seat.
“Aisle seats allow you to stretch and lift the armrest for extra space and the feasibility of getting up and using the bathroom or moving around throughout the flight.”
Aisle seats are the ideal choice for tall passengers who need a little extra legroom to stretch on the flight.
They’re also a great choice for travellers who think they might need to use the loo several times.
Anton warned passengers selecting bulkhead seats to be careful as they may not be able to store their bags by their feet.
However, passengers in these seats will have extra room and privacy and should be the first to get drinks.
Bulkhead seats also usually have a bassinet option for babies so could be perfect for parents but are best avoided if a screaming baby is a passenger’s idea of hell.
Anton also shared the seats that passengers will want to avoid at all costs.