Which seat on the plane is the best? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for.
For SAFETY, pick an aisle seat in the rear, behind the “trailing edge of the wing.” Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows. Seats behind the trailing edge of the wings — not over them — had the highest survival rates. And choosing an aisle means you’ll likely deplane more quickly in an emergency that requires evacuation.
For SLEEPING, pick a window seat on the left side of the plane, near the middle of the aircraft. Frequent fliers say windows are off-center on the left side, providing a better spot to lay your head. The middle of an aircraft ensures you won’t be bothered by bathroom lines or noisy galleys.
For LEGROOM, pick an aisle seat in the exit row. Exit row seats typically offer more space: a whopping 37-41 inches of pitch in. Picking an exit seat on the edge means you can stretch your legs into the aisle. Bulkhead seats may seem tempting, but consider that some will stuff your legs into cut-outs less than a foot high.
For CHILDREN, pick a seat in the bulkhead. This one’s a no-brainer: Most bulkhead seats leave more room for kids to move and sit on the floor, if allowed (just make sure your bulkhead row doesn’t double as an exit row — in that case, kids can’t sit there). The bathroom is nearby since you’re in the front of the plane, and some bulkheads have bassinets for babies. Plus, no seats in front of you means there’s a 50 percent decrease in the amount of bystanders you’ll annoy.
Have a safe and happy flight!