6A revealed as “perfect airline seat”

Window seats are preferred by 60% of fliers
Window seats are preferred by 60% of fliers

A new poll by travel site Skyscanner has revealed the most popular airline seat.

The poll of more than 1,000 airline passengers asked for information on their preferences (aside from extra legroom seats), including which section and whether they chose window, middle or aisle seats. The poll also asked if choices were influenced by lucky numbers as well as odd or even row numbers.

The results found that the most sought after seat on a standard aircraft is seat 6A.

The survey supports previous studies which have found that the front six rows of the plane are the most popular, taking 45% of the vote. This had led UK-based low-cost carrier easyJet to levy a higher pre-booking fee for these seats.

Window seats were preferred by 60%, compared to just 39% who opt for the aisle. Just 1% of people like the middle seat.

At the other end of the scale, the survey found that the most unpopular seat was 31E, a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft.

“There is always a great rush to get on board and get that favoured seat and I think it is really interesting that there are so many differing opinions on this,” said Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, Sam Baldwin.

“Anecdotally 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. 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 sitting next to the aisle so as not to disturb fellow passengers. The aisle is also popular for tall passengers looking to stretch their legs. Frequent fliers have also reported that the left hand side of the plane is best as the windows are off centre, allowing for wall space to lean on,” he added.

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