Flight comparison site Skyscanner surveyed over 1,000 airline passengers to determine what they considered the best seat on a plane.
And the winner is ...
The perfect place to perch for a long flight on a standard aircraft is seat 6A, according to Skyscanner. The finding supports previous studies that suggest the front of the plane is the preferred part.
The survey questioned respondents on their seat preferences including which section of the aircraft they like and whether they would prefer a window, middle, or aisle seat. The survey also explored whether choices were influenced by lucky numbers or if people preferred even or odd numbers.
Here's a look at some of the findings:
- The front six rows of the plane are the most desirable, taking 45 percent of the votes.
- Just seven percent said they prefer to sit in the back row.
- Sixty-two percent preferred to sit in an even seat number.
- Unsurprisingly, less than 1 percent preferred the middle seat, compared to 60 percent who would choose the window and around 40 percent who opt for the aisle.
Skyscanner travel editor Sam Baldwin clarified some of the findings.
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, he said. The window seems a popular choice for those looking to sleep, especially for long haul flights, while those who take more trips to the toilet prefer the aisle so as not to disturb fellow passengers.
Baldwin said the aisle is also popular for tall passengers looking to stretch their legs.
The survey results come as easyJet prepares to charge for book-able seats. Well aware of passengers' seat preferences, easyJet already tacks on an additional charge for travelers booking seats in the front of the aircraft.
If we're to believe the survey results, they may have a hard time booking seat 31E, the least-desirable seat on a plane.