The Perfect Airline Seat Is Number 6A

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

The internet has revolutionised air travel by giving flyers the chance to book online and print off their own boarding passes, making queues at airport check-in desks almost a thing of the past.


More than that, even most budget airlines now give passengers the chance to choose their seat for the flight from the comfort of their own home.

So does this mean the end of the mad dash from the departure lounge to be the first to throw a passport onto the most coveted seat?

Skyscanner conducted a survey of more than 1000 regular flyers to find out their airplane seat preferences, and found that the front six rows are the most popular, taking 45% of flyer’s votes.

It also revealed that the majority of passengers, almost 60%, prefer the window seat. Only 40% chose sitting in the aisle seat as their favourite and just 1% named the centre seat as their preferred option.

Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, said: “There is always a great rush to get on board and get that favoured seat and I think it is really interesting that there are so many differing opinions on this.

“Anecdotally 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, less engine noise or even to get a better choice of food available.”

With some flyers being influenced by lucky numbers and also odd and even row numbers, the poll attempted to combine responses to find the favourite and least favourite seats.

The result was that no-one wanted to find themselves in seat 31E, a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft. The most favoured seat of all turned out to be number 6A.

“I just hope that the low cost carriers don’t find out that there is such demand for seat 6A and start charging a premium for it!” Mr Baldwin added.

One way to ensure you are not paying over the odds for your holiday is to buy your travel money in advance. This is the best way to avoid expensive airport rates, which could add significantly to your overall holiday bill.


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