I used to always pick the window seat for the view, but lately when I have long flights I prefer the aisle seat. Why? This way I don`t have to ask others to move when I want to walk around or use the bathroom. Downside is that you`re the one getting up for someone else if they need to get up. Best scenario is being upgraded to Business or First, then you have aisle and window in one! The next best thing when you`re traveling as a couple, is having a seat free in between, this way you have more room and it`s just the two of you in a row.
And then the next question: do you choose a seat at the front of the plane or in the back? Or maybe you don`t really care?
I`ve noticed I prefer to sit at the front of the plane for a few reasons. I don`t like seeing the whole plane when flying, blame it on a previous bumpy ride but seeing the whole plane shake isn`t fun. You have more chance of having your meal choice, because at the back of the plane you hear this line a lot: “We`re very sorry, but we don`t have any choices left, we only have…”. Or even worse they don`t have any food left… yes, that really happened on a flight (the staff was very apologetic though and went looking for food in Business class). Anyone else had such an experience?
On a recent BA flight I came across these statistics in their magazine:
Do you use websites to help you pick the best seat?
When it`s a long flight, I do have a quick look at Seatguru. It`s easy to find your flight and the seat map of the plane you`ll be flying. If you know of other good websites, I would love to hear them in the comments.
What are your pet peeves on a flight?
- Kicking against the seat
- Seat reclining – have the courtesy to have a quick look if the person behind you is eating or drinking.
- No decent entertainment system (Yes Delta I`m looking at you for a 9 hour flight I prefer my own entertainment system and not a prehistoric system where we all have a choice of two movies)
I would love to hear your flight preferences and experiences!