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Beyond the Basics: Navigating the Airplane Seat Dilemma – Is it All About Window or Aisle?

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first journey, the choice of airplane seat can significantly impact your overall flying experience. Window or aisle? Front or back? Exit rows or standard seats? The decisions abound, and personal preferences play a pivotal role in making these choices.


Window or Aisle?

The age-old debate, and it all comes down to personal preference. Personally, I'm team window. It provides a comfortable surface to lean against for some quality sleep, shields me from trolley cart traffic, and offers the unparalleled joy of gazing at the world from 35,000 feet above.

Window Seat

However, if you value the freedom to move, quick access to the bathroom, or avoiding the hassle of climbing over others, the aisle might be your preferred spot.

Aisle Seat

And then, there's the infamous middle seat. A potential squeeze between strangers with armrest diplomacy hanging in the balance. Unless you luck out and find yourself sandwiched between friends or family, turning the middle seat into a cozy arrangement, it might be a less-than-ideal choice.

Front or Back?

Front Seat

Opting for the front often means a quieter environment and a faster exit, crucial for those navigating quick layovers with connecting flights. This can be especially valuable when changing terminals, clearing customs, or collecting luggage between flights.

Back Seat

Conversely, the back of the plane usually boards first, securing you first dibs on overhead bin storage. It's a strategic choice for those who prioritize convenient access to storage space for their belongings.

Exit Rows

Exit Row Seat

Highly coveted for the extra legroom, exit row seats come at a premium with additional charges from airlines. Along with the perk of spacious leg space, passengers seated in exit rows must be prepared to assist in case of an emergency.

Be Aware:

• Seats in front of Exit Rows may not recline or may have limited recline.

• Row 1, typically considered a bulkhead seat with extra legroom, lacks a seat in front, requiring all bags to be stowed in overhead bins during take-off and landing. The armrests are often fixed as they house tray tables and inflight entertainment.

Seats to Avoid:

Seats to Avoid

The Back Row: Typically situated near the bathroom, this area may lead to disruptions throughout the flight due to aisle traffic. It's also where flight attendants prepare food and drinks, introducing potential noise. While you won't need to worry about chair kicks, be aware that the seat may not recline, leaving you in an upright position for the entire flight.

When to Consider an Upgrade:

For travelers embarking on long-haul or overnight flights, upgrading to First Class or Business Class can be a game-changer. Especially enticing are lie-flat seats, coupled with exclusive and priority services. Premium Economy sections also offer larger seats, increased legroom, enhanced recline, and sometimes include footrests. If budget constraints come into play, consider upgrading selectively, perhaps on one leg of your journey.

First or Business Class

As evident, the ideal seat selection often depends on personal preferences and priorities. When engaging with your MLS Custom Travel Advisor, communicate what matters most to you, allowing them to tailor recommendations that suit your unique needs.

Bon Voyage!

Ready to elevate your travel experience? Contact your MLS Custom Travel Advisor now and unlock personalized recommendations for the perfect seat selection tailored to your preferences. Your journey to comfortable and stress-free travel starts here!

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