Everyone loves a vacation, but the flight to get to that perfect holiday destination can be frustrating. Screaming kids, cramped legs, and airline food doesn’t really set the mood for your hard earned vacation.
Why not try to make the most of it? With the following tips, you’ll be receiving the best service from the flight attendants, ensuring that you snag that extra miniature bottle of wine, a second snack, or another pillow to start your vacation off as relaxing as possible.
There can be hundreds of seats on a plane – but which one guarantees the best service? The results are mixed, but two studies from international airlines EasyJet and Skyscanner can give you an exact seat number.
According to Easyjet, the answer is 7F, while Skyscanner argues it’s 6A. However, these locations were determined by a poll of travellers and sales popularity.
If you’re trying to get a few extras on your flight, perhaps you should take advice from the flight attendants themselves. Flight attendant Annie Kingston revealed that if you want the best service, it’s best to sit in a certain section of the plane, rather than a specific seat.
“Flight attendants know that if you’re sitting towards the back, you’ll receive the most attentive service.”
Apparently sitting in the back of the plane will guarantee you those extra perks, but this may seem counterintuitive. After all, those at the back get served last and may not have the full range of choice when it comes to meal or snack selection.
It also means you’ll be close to the toilets and no one wants to smell those for the duration of a long haul flight. So what’s the deal? Kingston explains:
“We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way.”
She explains that people can get envious of whatever a flight attendant is bringing to another person, which easily causes the plane to run out of whatever was asked for.
“This can cause a problem since planes often don’t have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes,” Kingston continues. “For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.”
Not looking for an extra toothbrush or earplugs? Perhaps you just want to sleep through your flight so you can wake up ready and refreshed for your destination. In that case, sit near the front for a quiet ride.
The front of the plane places you further from the engines. Also, try a window seat on the left hand side. The windows are offset on the left, so it provides a more comfortable place to rest your head.
Travelling with kids? Nab a seat near the bulkhead. These have more room so kids can sometimes sit on the floor, and you won’t have to worry about whose seat they might be kicking. Plus, you’ll be close to the washrooms for those inevitable pee breaks.
Prone to motion sickness? Try a seat by one of the wings. While larger aircrafts will always offer a smoother ride, even on small planes, it’s less bumpy over the wings.
Lastly, are you a nervous flyer? The safest seats on an airplane are behind the wings. Studies have shown that in the event of a crash, passengers seated behind the wings and closest to the tail of the plane were 40% more likely to survive.
Perhaps the best overall seat on the plane really is in the back. It’s the safest and, if you’re anxious, you’re more likely to get slipped that second mini bottle of wine to help you relax!
On your next trip, take a bit of care with seat selection. You could be starting to unwind and soothe those nerves before you’ve even touched down in your destination. So, anyone else googling flight deals right now?
The service we receive on a flight can make or break a vacation (nobody wants to be on an overbooked United Airlines flight). However, this flight attendant had her passengers in fits of laughter with her pre-takeoff speech.
Could you keep a straight face?