The best seat on an airplane (depending on what you're looking for)

So which seat on the plane is the BEST? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for:

SAFETY: Pick an aisle seat in the rear, behind the "trailing edge of the wing." They have the highest survival rates in a crash.

SLEEPING: Pick a window seat on the left side of the plane, near the middle of the aircraft. 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.

STORAGE: Pick a seat in the rear. Almost all airlines (United Airlines and US Airways are noticeable exceptions) follow a back-to-front loading procedure, so if you're in a rear seat you'll get first dibs on overhead bin space.

QUICK EXIT: Pick a seat on the left side of the plane, in the front. The main exit door is almost always on the left, so passengers tend to funnel out faster from that side of the plane.

LEGROOM: Pick an aisle seat in the exit row. Exit row seats typically offer more space.

KIDS: Pick a seat in the bulkhead. Most bulkhead seats leave more room for kids to move and sit on the floor, if allowed. And the front bathroom is nearby.


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