Travel Secrets

Which is the best seat on an aircraft? How do you get the best deal for a trip? Can we make airline food tastier? These, and many other questions, have long intrigued travelers. Here, we present some answers for your edification and use.

Which is the best seat on a plane?

– If you’re safety conscious: Studies conducted by a leading travel magazine has found that passengers sitting near the tail of a plane were 40 per cent more likely to survive a crash than those sitting in the first few rows.

– If you want to exit fast: Grab a seat at the front of the plane, on the left, near the exit – from where passengers leave the aircraft.

– If you want to get some sleep: Some areas on the plane are better than others for grabbing some shut eye.

– Window seats give you control over the window shade and a place to rest your head

– You don’t have to wake up every time the passenger next to you needs a toilet break.

– A window seat at the front of the plane is also quieter.

If you want food to taste better on a plane

As per Professor Charles Spence – author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating – plane food tastes better at the front of the aircraft, where it is quieter and the air is more humid. “Dry cabin air and the loud engine noise all contribute to our inability to taste and smell food and drink,” he says.

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