How to choose the best seat on the plane

When traveling by plane, whether for leisure or for work, it is vital for us to travel comfortably to our destination. Many air passengers are wondering how to succeed with their choice, and that is that an uncomfortable seat can make our trip start off badly. Below we explain what you should consider when making your choice.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Numbering and measurements

During the purchase of our ticket, we will be shown two options, depending on the airline: on the one hand, we can choose a seat or, on the other hand, we will be assigned one automatically.

The latter is the case of low cost airlines, which by default assign you a seat and, if you want a preferential seat, you will have to pay an extra fee. Anyway, once we have our assigned seat a letter and a number appear, which tell us what our seat is.

He number It tells us which row has been assigned to us and, the letter, the specific seat that has touched us within that row.

The letters usually go from A to J, avoiding using the letters O, I and S because they can be easily confused with the numbers. Thus, the seat A is placed to the left of the whole and the J in the right part, so that these are always next to the window.

The number of seats per row will depend on how wide or narrow the aircraft model is. Knowing this, we can get an idea of ​​the layout of a plane at a general level, so we will be able to select our seat depending on whether we want to be next to the window or, rather, near the aisle.

Numbering and measurements of aircraft seats

As for the dimensions, depend on the aircraft model. In general, the seats are somewhat narrower as they approach the tail of the plane, which is why many frequent passengers prefer to choose the seats at the entrance of the plane.

Normally, passenger aircraft for transoceanic flights have seven seats per row (2 + 3 + 2). On the other hand, those of short distance usually have six per row (3 + 3) or even smaller, with four seats per row (2 + 2).


The place where our seat is located or nearby items at the same time they can become determining factors when making a flight a pleasant and pleasant experience or, otherwise, an endless and uncomfortable time.

In the following list we list the advantages and disadvantages of each part of the plane so you can judge for yourself.


If you are looking for stability, the seats that are in line with the wings are the most stable, since it is where the longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes of the aircraft are linked. On the other hand, there are passengers who prefer not to sit in this area because their wings obstruct their views from the window.

Sit on the wings line on the plane


The seats that are next to the corridor are the most demanded by those passengers who often go to the service during the flight, since they do not bother the rest of the people who are in the same row.

Also tall passengers have preference for these seats, because they have more spaciousness to stretch their legs. People in a hurry to get off the plane also confess to prefer this area because it allows them to quickly take their hand luggage from the compartment, which speeds up the departure process.

Emergency exit

The planes have two emergency exits, one in the front and one in the rear. Many passengers opt for these seats because they are reputed to be wider and more spacious. However, you should know that the emergency exit seats in the front are not reclining.


Seats near the window of the plane are the most demanded by 60% of passengers. The main advantage of these seats is that they are more comfortable if you want to sleep during the journey. Another reason why they are the most requested is because you can enjoy the views at all times through the window.


As not all planes are the same, the space issue is vital when selecting our seat. Here we present four factors that we must take into account:

  • Space between seats: depending on whether we travel in tourist or business class we will have between seventy centimeters and two meters of space between the seats. In addition, first-class seats are more ergonomic.
  • Reclining: This data can differentiate a comfortable trip from an uncomfortable one. Knowing the angle of inclination that our seat may have we can calculate the distance with the front seat. Some low-cost airlines do not have reclining seats, but usually all seats in an aircraft have some degree of recline.
  • Seat width: normally, tourist class seats are 45 cm wide; instead, in first class we can find seats up to 48 cm.
  • Security: several studies show that the safest seats are those of the last rows. Thus, in the face of a plane crash, passengers in the queue would have a 40% greater chance of survival than passengers in the front rows.

In addition, if we are near an emergency exit we can feel more secure and this is something that can make our trip more pleasant.

Comfort on the plane

Babies and children

Families traveling with a baby on the plane are normally assigned the seats of the first rows or those of emergency exits, since they are the most spacious seats, especially if you have to feed your baby.

Keep in mind that children under two years of age do not have the right to a seat, so they will have to go in the arms of an adult. Therefore, it is vital to choose a comfortable seat, especially if your trip is going to be long.

As for the children from two years up, a good option would be to sit by the windows, because this will make them the most entertaining trip to observe the landscape.

Choose the front row seats if you travel with a baby

Overweight people

People who are overweight or obese experience quite a lot of problems when they travel by plane due to seats, because they may be too narrow.

For this reason, airlines currently grant these people the option of requesting to have a free seat next to them, as long as this is possible and the aircraft is not very crowded, as well as to request belt extenders.

In any case, our recommendation for these people is to choose the seats that are next to the emergency exits or the front row, since they are wider than the rest.

For more information, we advise you to read the article in which we talk about this topic: Flight management for obese or disabled people.

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