Pilot reveals best plane seats to avoid turbulence, get a good nights sleep and have more space
A commercial airline pilot has finally revealed the secret to having a good flight – and its all down to where you sit.
Getting up in the middle of the night, a rushed airport breakfast, the panic that you wont make it to the gate on time despite turning up three hours before your flight – its what everyone loves about going on holiday.
But if you are an uneasy flyer, you are in luck.
It seems you can improve the impact of turbulence, get a good plane sleep in and even set yourself up for a quick exit if you follow some simple rules when requesting where you sit.
Commercial airline pilot Jonny Knowlson, who has become a social media star as Jonny the Pilot, explains where the top seats are for the flight of your life.
If you are a nervous flyer, Jonnys tips on where to sit to avoid turbulence could come in massively handy.
Did you know sitting over the wings on a big aircraft that flies at a higher altitude will work in your favour? Jonny said.
Being closer to the centre of the planes mass while forces such as lift, torque, wind, gravity, drag and thrust act upon it will mean youll be well placed for a smooth ride.
Get a good sleep
Booking a seat as far away from the engine as possible is the top tip if you want to have a peaceful trip.
It can mean tickets are slightly more expensive – but Jonny says that if you cant get a front row seat, try for the aisle.
It will be marginally quieter than by the window, he said. Although the view is less appealing.
The best spot for sleeping is probably towards the middle of your cabin away from the noise of toilets and my hard-working colleagues in the galley.
Parents may find the best seats when travelling with little ones is a bulkhead seat, which are next to the dividing wall between cabins on long haul flights – sometimes just a curtain – Jonny says.
The extra space is great if you need to move about – but it also offers more leg room for those that struggle with small spaces.
Seat Guru is a superb website that offers top advice. All you need is your airline name, flight number and date you plan to travel, the pilot said.
I recently flew to Geneva on an Airbus A319. According to Seat Guru row 10, seats B, C, D and E are great as they have “extra legroom due to the emergency exit”.
Remember though that youll need to be prepared to store your hand luggage in overhead lockers in exchange for this space.
If you know you will be travelling on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane, then any seat in row 30 has extra legroom, Jonny said.
But he added that the tray table and video monitor may be stored in the armrest – affecting the width of the seat.
Also it can be frustrating if fellow passengers congregate around the loo in front of you, he added.
Seat Guru warns people to steer clear of rows 12 and 13 on the same aircraft because the seats may have limited recline.
To the left, to the left
If you want a quick exit, the front or back ends of the plane will disembark first – and normally from exit doors on the left hand side of the plane.
Being by an exit on the left-hand side of bigger planes is crucial if you want to avoid being at the back of that passport queue, especially on the whopping A380, Jonny said.
But he added, the best seat on the plane is his own.
Come and say hello either before take-off or when weve landed and youll see, the pilot said.
Jonny can be found blogging at JonnyThePilot.com and tweeting at twitter.com/JonnyPilot.