Flying almost always sucks. You get on the plane and sit there praying and hoping that no one will sit next to you and you can actually have a relaxing flight. God forbid you have a middle seat because you just know you’re screwed.
There is hope, however, as Travel Codex has outlined a few general rules for choosing where to sit with the best possible chance of having no one sitting next to you.
Their rules are for international flights, but I don’t see why it would make any difference even if you’re just flying cross country.
Here’s a quick look at some of the main things to keep in mind…
— First, always take an aisle seat, for obvious reasons.
— Second, try to keep the middle seat open. In a 3-3-3 seating configuration, choose a seat on the left or right as people are less likely to pick them because that means having to climb over someone to get out. If you can book a flight on a plane with a 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 seating configuration, your chances are even better.
— Third, choose a seat in the back of the plane because gate agents will generally move from front to back when assigning seats to those who don’t already have their seats pre-assigned.
— And fourth, choose a seat next to one empty seat as opposed to near a bunch of empty seats because groups will be looking for those large open areas leaving you vulnerable.
Of course there are still no guarantees any of this will work, but at least your chances will be a whole lot better.
For all the dirt, head over to Travel Codex and good luck on your next flight.