How to beat turbulence, where to get to sleep – the best aircraft seats revealed


“Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight”, these are words you have heard hundreds of times moments before you jet off on holiday. The plane journey is the most arbitrary part of your time away and is something that people either love or hate.

While some see it as a bonus of the holiday as they watch the landscape change below them, others regard it as an uncomfortable and rather dull experience. This attitude could be changed by something as simple as where you sit on the aircraft – well, at least according to commercial pilot and frequent flyer Jonny Knowlson.

Known as Jonny the Pilot on social media, this seasoned flier has shared his tips and tricks for getting the best out of your next flight. Speaking to MailOnline, Jonny explains that where you sit on an aircraft can determine the effects of turbulence, whether you can get a peaceful sleep and whether you can bag a little extra legroom.

For nervous fliers even the slightest bump in the air can cause a mild panic and while turbulence isn’t as common as you may think, there are ways to lessen the effects. Jonny explains that your seat choice can help this: “If you’re looking for the smoothest ride did you know sitting over the wings on a big aircraft that flies at a higher altitude will work in your favour?

“Being closer to the centre of the plane’s mass while forces such as lift, torque, wind, gravity, drag and thrust act upon it will mean you’ll be well placed for a smooth ride.”

What if your idea of the perfect flight is being able to get a little shut-eye? Well, Jonny has some advice for that as well and it’s actually in the middle of the cabin. Here, he says, you are away from the noise of the engine and also reduce the disruption of fellow passengers wandering past to get to the toilets. He also recommends opting for an aisle seat as opposed to a window seat.

However, the holy grail of airline seat is the one with extra legroom. Jonny says that grabbing the emergency exit seat option is the way to go: “I recently flew to Geneva on an Airbus A319. According to Seat Guru row 10, seats B, C, D and E are great as they have “extra legroom due to the emergency exit” – winner! Remember though that you’ll need to be prepared to store your hand luggage in overhead lockers in exchange for this space.”

Holidaymakers can get a real sense of where they can sit on the plane by using the website Seat Guru which offers great tips and advice on how to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

The best seat plane though? That would be in the cockpit. Jonny says: “Without question, the very best seat on the plane is mine. Don’t believe me? Come and say hello either before take-off or when we’ve landed and you’ll see.”

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