Anybody who has checked into a flight would know that the window and aisle seats get taken first. But which is the ‘best’ seat of them all? A new poll by flight comparison Web site Skyscanner has come up with the answer. The poll of over 1,000 airline passengers across 40 countries questioned respondents on their seat preferences (other than the extra legroom seats) including section and preference towards window, middle or aisle seats. The survey even probed whether seat choices were dictated by perceived ‘lucky’ numbers and even whether odd-numbered or even-numbered rows were preferred.
The survey found that the one seat on a standard, single-class lay-out modern jet aircraft which most passengers wanted was Seat 6A. The survey findings support previous studies which have found that the front six rows of the plane are the most popular, bagging 45 per cent of the votes. The Web site said its poll found that 60 per cent of travellers preferred a window seat, while the balance preferred an aisle seat. Not surprisingly, nobody wanted to be sandwiched in the middle seat. At the other end of the scale, the survey found that the seat absolutely no-one wanted was 31E, a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft. Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, Mr Sam Baldwin, said, “Some passengers seem to opt for the middle section near the wings where they are less likely to feel turbulence while others want to be near the front for ease of getting off the plane and less engine noise.”
The poll also threw up some useful tips from regular fliers. Window seats are better if you want to sleep, grab an aisle if you need to use the toilet. And seats on the left hand side are better since they are slightly misaligned with the windows, which means you get the wall to lean on. “I just hope that airlines don’t find out that there is such demand for Seat 6A and start charging a premium for it!,” Mr Baldwin quipped.