The best seat on the plane? It's when there are empty seats next to mine... That leaves plenty of room to stretch out your legs! (Air Asia X flight, February 2012)
The best seat on the plane? It's when there are empty seats next to mine... That leaves plenty of room to stretch out your legs! (Air Asia X flight, February 2012)

The best seat in the plane

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  Between Two Journeys

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 

Sometimes you can choose your seat on the plane. Dilemma: is it better to sit in the front, middle or back of the plane? What is the best seat in the plane?

Which seat to choose?

I have the chance to fly soon for a new escapade in Southeast Asia! And the airline I'm flying with allows passengers to select their seat on the plane in advance via their website. I love it!!!

On the website of some airlines, you can choose your seat in the plane. (Screenshot: Emirates)
On the website of some airlines, you can choose your seat in the plane (Screenshot: Emirates)

All you have to do is check a little square corresponding to the seat you want in the online reservation manager. However, despite my enthusiasm, when I clicked, I had a doubt...

So, before deciding, I went to Google: "best seat on a plane". That's smart... Now I have no idea which seat to choose! 🤔

Window seat : my favorite place to sit on a plane

Well, yes. When possible, I always take a window. There is no doubt about it: I like to see outside, to watch the take-off, the landing, I like to look at the clouds, the lights of the cities at night, the mosaic of the fields, the blue expanse of the oceans.

And then the corner allows to place a cushion, a pillow, to support the head, to settle more comfortably, to relieve the cervicals. I am a fan of the window seat.

Unobstructed view... Long live the window! (Indonesia, Lion Air flight, February 2012)
Great view... Long live the window! (Indonesia, Lion Air flight, February 2012)

And when I need to get out of the row, I disturb my neighbors politely with a big smile without feeling too guilty (after all, it's good for everyone to move around a bit during such a long flight). I admit that I dared, a few times, seeing that everyone was sleeping (but only in the middle of the "night" on a long-haul flight, with the whole cabin plunged in the dark) to step over their knees while climbing on my seat to pass discreetly and lightly, in my socks, from armrest to armrest... At best, they see nothing. At worst, they open one eye and watch me do it, a bit frightened but not angry that they didn't have to get up.

Anyway. The best seat in the plane for me is a window seat.

Of course, seats at emergency exits are the most popular, as there is legroom. But by the time I make my reservation, they're all already taken or pre-empted. Too bad.

View of the porthole in a Lion Air plane. Indonesia, March 2013.
I am a fan of the window, if only for the view…

The best seat in the plane: front, middle, back?

In fact, what I'm wondering is which window to choose: the front, the middle or the back of the unit?

It's strange that I'm now concerned about this detail, even though I've already taken the plane many times, especially since it's not the first time I've chosen my seat in advance on a reservation site. I usually do it without any qualms. And I'm not prone to fear on planes.

Although. I invite you to reread some posts published on this blog:
 Traffic jams of the sky
 How Effective Prayers Are on Lion Air
Thirteen takeoffs and thirteen landings
Fear on the plane (the only time I was scared for real)
Say Your Prayers on Lion Air (bis)

😱

In the Air Asia plane.
Where is the best seat in the plane? In the front, in the middle or in the back?

So, because of Google, I dug up a lot of links about "the best seat on the plane". I got three things out of it:

1. One would have a better chance of surviving a plane crash, if one is placed in the back of the plane. A statistical study, carried out on accidents that have occurred since the 1970s in the United States, says so (see diagram below). Logical: in case of impact, it is the front that takes everything...

2. But the flight is less pleasant (even more frightening) at the back of the plane, because you feel more turbulences there. And then at the time of disembarkation, we generally find ourselves in the last ones to leave the aircraft. Not ideal, we end up at the end of an endless queue for the transit controls or the formalities on arrival. It is better to settle at the front to save time.

3. The flight is in principle more comfortable in the middle of the aircraft, at wing level. The shocks are less there during turbulences. But this is also where the tank is located. In case of fire or explosion, the worst place, therefore (if you like to imagine the worst).

Survival rates for different parts of the passenger cabin, based on an analysis of all commercial aircraft crashes in the United States since 1971 where detailed seat data were available. (Source: Popular Mechanics, illustration by Gil Ahn, provided by seatguru.com)
Survival rates for different parts of the passenger cabin, based on an analysis of all commercial aircraft crashes in the United States since 1971 where detailed seat data were available. (Source: Popular Mechanics(Illustration by Gil Ahn, provided by seatguru.com)

I'm putting here some interesting links that I found on this subject:
➜ Safest Seat on a Plane [Popular Mechanics] (the famous American statistical study, in English)
This is the Safest Place to Sit on a Plane [Time] (similar statistical analysis)
➜ How to choose the best seat by plane [LeFigaro.fr]
➜ Forum "Fear of flying" [Crash-aerien.com]
The safest seat on a plane [HuffPostQuebec]

Update, February 2023. Years after the first publication of this article, I add this more recent link to the evening edition d'Ouest-Francetaken from the site The Conversation, which comes to the same conclusions about backseats: "The middle seats in the last row [...] are statistically the safest on an airplane." ➜ What is the safest seat on a plane? Here is the scientific answer

Choose comfort

Moral: it's not a good idea to ask Google these kinds of questions... 😂  

This story of the place at the front, in the middle, or at the back, is a false dilemma. Crashes are rare, it is a bit silly to choose your seat based on this risk criterion. In reality, when it comes to choosing the best seat in the plane, the real criterion, is comfort.

The best seat on the plane? It's when there are empty seats next to mine... That leaves plenty of room to stretch out your legs! (Air Asia X flight, February 2012)
The best seat on the plane? It's when there are empty seats next to mine... That leaves plenty of room to stretch out your legs! (Air Asia X flight, February 2012)

To finish, I found another link, very interesting to choose the best seat in the plane according to this criterion:

SeatGuru.com website

It lists all types of aircraft in service on commercial flights, specifying for each seat the disadvantages and advantages in terms of comfort: legroom, proximity to toilets and galleys, inclination of the backrests, location in relation to the collective projection screen or presence of individual screens, etc.

It is therefore worth checking what type of aircraft you will be flying on and studying its configuration before booking your seat.

The SeatGuru site details the advantages and disadvantages of seats depending on the aircraft. Very useful to find the best seat in the plane.
The SeatGuru website details the advantages and disadvantages of seats according to the aircraft. Very useful to find the best seat in the plane.

Conclusion: the real best seat on the plane

In short: there is no need to wriggle, the real best seat on a plane is obviously the one that allows you to spend the trip as pleasantly (in other words, as comfortably) as possible...

Naturally, the ideal is to get an upgrade and to be able to enjoy the luxury of first or business class seats. I secretly dream about it every time I book.

Well... The main thing is that there is a pilot in the plane!

😆

On a plane operated by Garuda, the Indonesian national airline. (Jakarta-Makassar flight, January 2015)
On a plane operated by Garuda, the Indonesian national airline. (Jakarta-Makassar flight, January 2015)

Get upgraded

UPDATE # 1 → July 2013: it finally happened to me, to taste something other than the relative comfort of economy class: in exchange for extra miles, I was able to travel in business class, on an Emirates flight, between Dubai and Paris!!! The big foot. Maybe I'll tell you about it someday...

UPDATE # 2 → July 2016: it finally happened to me too, to benefit graciously, without asking or trying anything special, from an upgrade in business, on a Qatar Airways flight, between Doha and Jakarta!!! Even more pleasant, since it was really a surprise... Happiness in the air. I tell it here → How to get a flight upgrade for free.

UPDATE # 3 → July 2018: I managed to get upgraded again on Qatar Airways, on the Doha-Jakarta leg!!! This time, as I had just acquired the superior status in the loyalty program, I was able to present myself for boarding in the VIP priority line... And while I hadn't even requested the upgrade yet, the young lady at the counter did so immediately when she saw me handing over my boarding pass. She changed my ticket from coach to business class again! Yess!!!

UPDATE # 4 February-March 2019: I became the queen of the upgrade, I benefited from TWO upgrades free of charge, one on the outward journey and the other on the return journey, on the Paris-Doha section. From now on, when boarding, I don't hesitate to ask systematically if there is a possibility of a free upgrade, always very politely, just in case... You can never be sure of a very good surprise.

🙃

Getting upgraded on a plane... a chance that doesn't come along every day. But don't hesitate to ask, when boarding the plane. You never know...
Getting an upgrade on a plane... A chance that doesn't come along every day. But don't hesitate to ask, when boarding. You never know...

  Between Two Journeys

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  1. Yes, SeatGuru is a really great site that has helped me on several occasions to get a great seat.
    But I have learned that sometimes companies tend to sell those seats where you feel so good or reserve them for good customers... weary...

    Have a nice trip.

  2. "Of course, the seats at the emergency exits are the most popular, because there is room for the legs. "

    Legs for sure, I'm 6'3" and I know what it's like to have my knees touch the front passenger seat. However, the seats near the emergency exits are not all good. Usually they are located near the toilets and this space is often used as a "waiting room" for those who have a little urge or want to stretch their legs.

    So space... it's all relative... since others will come and "steal" it from you 😆

    Finally the ideal is the business class... alas a little too expensive 🙁

  3. Interesting. i've used SeatGuru before but sometimes it doesn't match the airline's plane which may be set up slightly differently. I've never seen a free seat when booking online for the emergency exit ones.

    1. Hello,
      And ... where do you go?
      It's funny, I had just opened an email to print the plane tickets I ordered (for Djibouti) when I received the alert from your site.
      Enjoy your trip and stay in a "wonderland".

  4. Hi Corinne,
    We cats (8)) we always choose the seats of the corridor, because we are altruists. : Mrgreen: We don't mind bothering other people if we need to stretch our legs... And your sock thing works for girls, not for guys if we're 90 kg and 181 cm, it's going to cause us a few problems! Anyway, I avoid looking outside, especially the wings, since an AF Paris Strasbourg flight a few years ago. All along the trip, I had the pleasure to look at a bolt on the right wing that was half unscrewed and finally came off on landing. Can you imagine watching that for about ten hours between Paris and Dubai.... 🙂
    Max

  5. "Of course, the seats at the emergency exits are the most popular, because there is room for the legs. For my reservation, they are already all taken. Pity. "

    My theory (not scientific at all 😉 ) is that it is impossible to reserve seats opposite the emergency exits via the internet.

    Airlines wouldn't want to have a 70 year old couple or a pregnant woman having to respond to an emergency. They'd rather wait at the counter to offer those seats to people who haven't already booked and are in good physical shape.

    Last year I booked a flight with Ethiopian Airline on Christmas Day. When I got to the website to choose my seat, they were absolutely all free except for the emergency exit seats. Maybe a coincidence, but it's still the source of my theory! 🙂

    For a long flight that is not full (I ask about this when I board), I systematically try to find rows of 2 or 3 empty seats. Towards the end of the boarding I leave my seat and I will subtly position myself in the middle of the empty row at the risk of looking like an idiot when the real owner of the seat arrives to take his place.

    I am usually quite lucky and as soon as I take off (2 gravols later) I go to bed with all my strength on the 3-4 benches that I have stolen.

    4 pillows and 4 blankets I left for a beautiful and long night sleep. I arrive in good shape at destination! On a night flight it's the ideal.

    Thanks again for your article Corinne! Whether you talk about airplane seats or scuba diving, it's always a pleasure to read you!

  6. @RichardTrois: Yes, a mine, this SeatGuru ! I didn't know this site until now, I discovered it during this little research.
    😉

    @Americas: Another dilemma: having room for the legs or being in the front row for the toilet show?
    😆

    @Yann: That at least gives an indication of the configuration of the plane. As for the emergency exit seats, they seem indeed to be "retained" by the company itself. That would confirm what RichardTrois and Guillaume also say.
    🙄

    @Max: Of course, the trick of straddling people by passing smoothly through the armrests is only good for girls with light feet... As for your story about the unscrewed nut, I hope I'll never spot such a thing on my next flights!
    😯

    @David: Mmm... the goal of the game, during the straddling maneuver, is to be both fast and discreet. I can't see myself perched on an armrest and asking my neighbor to take a picture of me!
    😀

    @Guillaume: Your theory about the "preemption" of seats in front of the emergency exits seems quite plausible to me. Otherwise, me too, if I'm lucky enough to spot several free seats not far away (it's rather rare), I don't hesitate to move so I can wallow all over and sleep! It happened to me once or twice, only on long-haul flights that took off in the evening. It's magical: you close your eyes and when you open them again, not only are you fine, but you've arrived!
    🙂

  7. Ben,

    maybe the best thing is still to get invited to first class 🙂 Or in the cabin on the pilot's lap 😆

  8. in any case, you have to be careful to be far enough away from the toilet. There is too much traffic and after 10 hours of flying, there starts to be unpleasant smells at all 😕

  9. Ah ah ah ah!!! Thank you thank you for this new topic I enjoyed it!!!
    Personally, I prefer the hallway! My claustrophobic side makes me prefer to have a little space on one side, and then, I hate to disturb my neighbors when I want to stretch my legs, which happens regularly, because, in fact, I hate long flights! Stuck on my seat for 12 hours, hell! However, I have all my panoply of the perfect small traveler, but, as long as I am not lying down, I cannot sleep! From 8 am on, it's hell! I can't find a comfortable position anymore, I've seen all the movies, and everyone is sleeping around me...
    In short, I prefer a corridor! But the worst is to be in the middle row, stuck between 2 people! The big advantage is that you can choose your seat, on my side, often traveling in group... each time, the hostess at the counter answers me with a smile: "Sorry, we can't put you where you want, but you just have to arrange it with your group..."
    GGRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! 👿 Except that in our group, well, every man for himself... and I understand, I do the same when by some miracle I have a hallway seat, I don't want to change!!!
    There you are, what!
    Lots of love!!!

  10. @Richard: If you know the recipe to be upgraded or to be admitted into the cockpit, I'm interested ...
    🙄

    @Nikos: Yes, it's still a secret... All I can say is that the final destination is Indonesia and I've never been there before.
    😉

    @RolK: Ah... the stories of "small place" in travel, vast subject, isn't it? Now, I'm going to fly twice 6h30 approximately, since there is a stopover in Dubai. That will limit the inconvenience. But unless I made a mistake when I finally checked my seats, I shouldn't be near the toilets...
    😀

    @ Helen: I knew that this subject would evoke a lot of memories for you... As for me, I don't like the corridor very much. I need my corner against the window to be as comfortable as possible.
    🙂

  11. I bet on Flores? I think you have never been there, in any case if you go to Lombok do not hesitate to make a stop on Gili Air, the funds are incredible.

  12. @Nikos: No... You lose your bet. Flores deserves a longer stay than the 15 days I can spare in March. It will be for another time. As for the Gili Islands off Lombok, I've already been there, a long time ago.
    8)

  13. Easy to know the destination of Corinne:

    She will head to an island somewhere in the south Pacific. On the plane, she will take a seat number in the series: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. Then on the island, she will impersonate the crazy French chick and will broadcast an incomprehensible radio alert signal for 16 years ! In the meantime, she will shoot anybody getting too close to a deer-hunting rifle ...

    Sorry I couldn't help saying my shit tonight 😀 I've been watching the first episodes of "lost" for a few nights now ....
    Max

  14. Thanks for the file, but I'm waiting to see the last season (final??) to read it 😀 Seeing here and there an episode of a VF series on TF1, I had never been hooked. Only 10 days ago, while chatting with a friend, who is addicted to it, and then discovering that on Hulu there are all 114 episodes in VOD, I started to watch it from the beginning in VO. So now, I'm at episode No. 20 of season 1. Discovery of the plane, the hatch (??) and Boone's death. The worst thing is that when an episode ends, Hulu asks me to watch the next episode right away !! It takes enormous willpower to stop ! 😯

    Max

  15. Wow, take your seat at check-in... For the big ones, emergency exits or corridors; for the little ones, portholes! Another tip when you want to sleep: go up last and occupy those famous rows left free (when it is the case) and then... sleep!

    Me too I move perhaps in March: if possible Sorong and the Raja Islands, if not Tioman and Malaysian Peninsula ...

    Good flight and good trip!

  16. @Rod: Well, I finally chose my seat... The problem at check-in is that you don't always get the one you want. And when the plane is full, there is no possibility to wallow on free rows...
    Have a nice trip too! 🙂

  17. Yes, SeatGuru = a must. You beat me to it, I was going to write a post about it next month, when we go to NY and I'll be the one selecting the seats (unlike my last trips)... In business, it's true that it's the best. But I also count on luck, no question of paying the big price (and yes, I once ended up in business class because my seat had been assigned twice and I arrived the second time)! Otherwise, there's always the old classic of wearing a suit and having your hair/makeup done perfectly! lol
    For my part, what I take away from this post is that you're still going to Asia!!!!! Can't wait to find out exactly where... 😉

  18. Business class is class. I had a taste of it once, a long time ago, because I had been "kind enough" to change seats to allow a family to be reunited. I had resigned myself to letting go of my requested window at check-in, but not without a little pout, which turned into a big smile when the stewardess offered me this upgrade. 😈
    It's a pity that this flight lasted only a few hours: we have space and we don't eat the same thing as in eco!
    All this to say that I feel like flight attendants are then often more attentive to those who are accommodating (another time, because I had agreed to exile myself in the queue, I felt like I was entitled to a lot more attention and peanuts than the other passengers!) 😛
    And, I don't know why, but I think it's always good to have the stewardess or steward in the pocket.

  19. I'm coming straight from Bab La Bricoleuse, my all-round heroine...
    So how to say ...
    No, I do not travel or very little,
    No, I don't have a proper camera,
    Yes, visiting this blog, I feel like my world is "shrunken", containing a small piece of garden (that's good enough 🙂 )
    To each his own, to each his own, not always the one we hoped for but fortunately the internet exists to make us discover wonderful blogs and people like this one, which open us to new horizons, without leaving our own backyard 😉
    Thank you for all these beautiful bubbles ...
    A, certainly not in a plane but more at the bend of a street, in Rennes 🙂

  20. Well, I travelled all the way to the back of the plane for my Bangkok-AbuDhabi flight (and I was wondering if it was safer or not)

    Indeed I had the impression that it was moving a lot more than elsewhere but we really felt a big jump only at takeoff (and a smaller one at landing), during the flight nothing very disturbing.

    The side I am next to the kitchens it is not bad also, we were served all in first (whereas we should have been it all in last) by I do not know which "blow of chance".

    However, try not to be near the door of a toilet; it's quite annoying!

    Bon voyage en tt cas 😉

  21. On a flight of more than 5 hours, I prefer the aisle because I like to move around without having to jump from armrest to armrest....I am not very flexible.
    I love looking at the land from the sky, especially during my last trip between Taba and Marsa Alam, wow the Gulf of Aqaba, Ras Mohammed...1st magical dive at Marsa Alam thanks to a curious dolphin and a dugong! On the other hand, the Egyptians let the plastic waste scattering under the sea scatter in the wind....this spoiled me a few dives, bringing up plastic bags, in addition to the exercises because I passed the PADI Advanced !
    I can't wait to see where your Emirates flight will take you via DXB.....
    I am preparing Malaysia, while I was sure I wanted to go to Perhentians or Redang, now everyone is talking about Sipadan, what a dilemma!

  22. @ Marie-Julie: It won't be the first time we have the same inspiration for blog posts... 😉
    As for my next destination, she will be Indonesian, and I will specify where exactly very soon ...
    😀

    @Alice: Lucky me. I too have "arranged" other travelers. But I've never been rewarded for my greatness with an upgrade to Vip... sigh...
    🙄

    @L'AcroDuChat: Ah, Bab... Blogger and inspired DIYer! I remember, her server exploded after my little article about her was published in "Ouest-France" because she had so many visits... And now I have the honor to see my Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs in her blogroll. 🙂
    You can travel without moving, or without necessarily going to the other side of the world. It's a question of state of mind. For me, this blog allows me to prolong the pleasure of travelling, during the long months when I'm back in Rennes. Internet is magic, it allows me to discover distant horizons with a click... I also love to browse other travellers' blogs, which transport me elsewhere, when I'm stuck in my small daily universe.
    8)

    @KRISS: Oh yes, that's also a good plan: find the seat where you will be served first at meal time. However, I have been disappointed... Sometimes they attack the aisle from the opposite end and go up to the cooking area. So you eat last.
    👿

    @LiseMet: The Perhentian is nice for lazing around, but for Sipadan diving it is much better. Turtles, sharks, barracudas guaranteed and in abundance, in addition to the usual tropical fauna. Sipadan, Sipadan, Sipadan...
    😉

  23. Sorry to go totally off topic but reading Lisemet's comments, I wondered why you never tried the Aqaba golf course, Corinne?

    There is a small village on the Red Sea in the Sinai desert called Dahab (1h30 drive north of Sharm El SHeik). I am convinced that you would love it... It is a village that contains about 30 Dive Centers, rooms at 3-4 euros per night, great food, a very relaxed atmosphere! Everything is done on foot... Without forgetting a canyon and a "Blue Hole" ! ( http://aquaviews.net/must-dive-sites-dahab-blue-hole/ ) .

    If it wasn't so far from Canada, I would go there at least once a year. But from France! Paris - Sharm el Sheik must be a 4-5 hour flight (direct) and for a very reasonable price!

    You can enjoy it for a desert getaway and to visit Bedouin camps.

    I spent 2 years working in Cairo and spent every week on the Red Sea. That's where I started diving and did my certifications up to Rescue Diver. The prices, both for the diving and for the certifications are unbeatable!

    I don't know if it's French or just Quebecois, but we have an expression that says: "Faire un pitch de vente" . I just made my sales pitch on the Red Sea 😉

  24. @Guillaume To: Excellent pitch. I am often asked why I never go diving in the Red Sea and always in Asia. How can I put it... it's not only a question of price or distance to dive in exceptional sites.
    When I go away, I don't just go "diving". I like to enjoy the pleasures of the land between two dives and Southeast Asia offers me everything I like. The freedom to come and go as I please without being bothered, the splendor of tropical landscapes with infinite shades of green that I love above all, a mentality made of tolerance, respect, even towards a woman traveling alone without a male "chaperone".
    I probably have some silly prejudices towards Egypt and its neighboring countries, but I feel that as a single girl, I wouldn't have the same freedom there as in Asia. And maybe I could like the desert and its arid beauty... But I'm not sure I'd like to be stuck in a place where everything revolves exclusively around diving, despite the beauty of the underwater sites.
    As for the legendary "blue-hole", it is not for me, who prefers "easy" dives with minimal risks. I don't see myself trying to reach the famous arch in -50m for the excitement of having done it...
    But who knows, I might revise all my prejudices the day I went to dip my fins in the area. It is not excluded. One day, maybe... But the fact is, for the moment, Asia exerts on me a greater attraction than any other destination. I don't know why. It's as if it's deeply rooted in me. I feel at home there...
    8)

  25. @Max: I have never been to Egypt to dive, that's why I say that I may have some "prejudices"... But the picture you paint corresponds to other testimonies and stories I have heard about it, which do not make the destination attractive to me, indeed.
    (And cheer up for Lost, you're not out of the woods yet... 😀 )

  26. @Corinne: I think you are right not to go to Egypt, since you are looking for more than diving in your travels. Sinai, I do not know, but the surroundings of Hurghada, Safaga and Marsa Alam are filthy: the desert beside the roads is reduced to a dumping of plastic bags and garbage of all kinds. Same scenario for the beaches outside the hotels, that is to say the beaches frequented by the Egyptians (male of course !!). The towns and villages outside the hotels are really very ugly, very poor and uninteresting, if not for sociologists. That's why in the last 4-5 years I only went to Egypt in a diving cruise, especially to have the least possible contact with the depressing Egyptian coast. Frankly, apart from well-organized activities, such as diving or visiting museums, Egypt is not a country for the tourist alone. In addition, since the terrorist attacks and threats of the past years, you have no freedom of movement, because the Egyptian army (a miserable and corrupt army!) Controls access to archaeological sites and manages the transport on its own. major tourist routes. For example, to go from Hurghada to Luxor, one is obliged to go in convoy of minibus supervised by this same army.

    I'm in the fourth season and the "crazy french chick" just came down, a few minutes before his daughter ... What a horror ...

  27. "The best seat on the plane is the one that will get you to your destination" Confucius 😆
    Have a nice trip Corinne!

  28. And for the return, you take what place ❓
    Cause you're gonna have a new choice to make 😯.
    After Porthole vs. Corridor, Front vs. Back and Escape route vs. Middle, there is now Top vs. Bottom 😆
    As I will also take the "gronavion" to go to Asia (I won't tell you where, nana!!), but in April and via Singapore, if someone among your honorable readers could advise me on this, I will be very grateful 😀

  29. @Richard: Fortunately, Confucius is here to help me out of this dilemma ...
    😆

    @Alimata: For the return trip, I found a window seat in the big ship where you don't have any unpleasantness in front of you + leg room (row just behind the emergency exit row). This must be the "first floor". It seems to me that only the VIPs of the higher classes have access to the upper floor... (But where are you going?? What an unbearable suspense!!!)
    8)

    @Malene: You are really too good. If I had "Little Bubbles of Elsewhere" t-shirts to give away, you'd get a free set of ten!!! Congratulations for your insight.
    🙄

  30. As Richard says, the best seat in the plane is the one that will lead you to your destination... But I also prefer the ones near the window, I love to look at the "landscape" and recognize the regions, countries, islands that pass underneath.
    As for Corinne's destination, I'm going to make a small prediction, and I bet on Pulau Weh.

  31. It was easy: a corner where you haven't been, interesting on the land side, and underwater of the big, the medium, the small and the weird... You have to go there one of these days... Besides, it suits me, because it's one of my projects. I'll be able to take advantage of your tips! 😈

  32. Pulau Weh ??? Do not know, too many Pulau in Southeast Asia ... And Pulau Layang-Layang then?? You have not yet gone there Corinne, why?
    I just read again your travels in Malaysia with pictures of nudibranchs and a kind of yellow and black striped seahorse with a nice red tail ? Seen in Sipadan, I dream about it so SIPADAN, SIPADAN...

  33. @Malene: It's like I said: you're really too strong...
    😉

    @LiseMet: I'll do a little topo on Pulau Weh very soon, so you'll know everything !!!
    As for Layang Layang, it's still too expensive for my budget, and there is only one resort to choose from, unless I'm mistaken, and you have to take a plane chartered by them to go there. And it seems even more expensive when you're a "solo" traveler like me, since there's a single supplement for those who have the audacity to not be two. 👿 And then, once there, not easy to combine with earthly pleasures, which I enjoy so much between two dives. There is nothing, except the resort. As for the cruises that offer Layang Layang, it's even more expensive... But I will go, one day!!!
    As for Sipadan, it remains the best diving site, in my opinion, among all the sites I could discover in Asia (sharks, turtles, barracudas everywhere, in addition to the usual tropical fauna). And it is easy to go there (and cheap, with the AirAsia KL-Tawau flight), and there are offers for all categories of divers (luxury, standard, backpacker). I will go back again, for sure.
    🙄

  34. My last flight on Emirates (last Christmas), Paris KL, I had chosen seats in the middle, towards the wing, and I wondered if it was not noisier than elsewhere. Aren't there jet engines over there?

    Upgrade... twice, I was lucky enough to be upgraded on the Dubai-Paris... 😀
    I never knew why. It seemed to be a bit random, as we were boarding.
    I like Emirates for comfort, but in business class it's fabulous. 😛

    Good stay in Pulau Weh. I hear it's really good. I can't wait to read your article about it.

    And congratulations for this blog. I'm not a diver but I love Indonesia, with a special love for Sumatra.

  35. @Mariba: For these Emirates flights via Dubai to KL (I boarded this Saturday evening, March 6th), I finally chose to be in the middle slightly towards the back, near the galleys (emergency exits in the back, so no neighbor behind to bump into your seat). I didn't really notice that it was noisier than in another place, but it's true that we are not far from the engines. As for the first or business seats, I passed in front of them when boarding, it's a dream, they are almost beds!!!

    There, I am waiting for my Air Asia flight to Banda Aceh, at the LCCT of KL. I will discover Sumatra for the first time. It will be only a small glimpse, since I am content for this time with a "diving" oriented stay in Pulau Weh. You are not the first one to tell me that you had a crush on Sumatra... And on this blog, I make sure that I don't only talk about diving, but that I share my travel impressions as I go along. I'm glad you'll find yourself there too!
    🙂

  36. Um, Business I tried it several times and on different airlines, often upgraded because I was traveling alone when the planes were overbooked. It was on long flights, so I obviously enjoyed it.

    I think that even in Eco on the Emirates A380 you should not have to complain though. There are airlines that know how to take into consideration that an Eco traveler has the right to a minimum of comfort (or let's call it decency for others who abuse!)...

    As for Flores, I confirm that you will need more than 15 days to fully appreciate it (departure of the visits to Komodo too, and underwater it's... how to describe it ?...).

    For the seats I always choose window seats, to enjoy the trip and not have only the neck of the other passengers or the back of the seat in front of me to contemplate for hours. And it offers more space to curl up and sleep a bit by leaning on the window side (and it avoids falling stupidly on the neighbor's shoulder). On long haul flights, I always carry a small bottle of water and a cereal bar to deal with emergencies when I've missed my meal, so I don't have to move to drink. To move around without disturbing, cat technique, like you!

    On the other hand, I avoid the seats in the last section of the aircraft: too many aisles for my taste towards the toilets and the kitchen, the passengers also go there to stretch their legs and to chat. The kids love to hang out there. And the staff can be noisy (I'm going to get killed here!) when they tidy up. In the front we often place the cradles for babies... So I prefer the front or the middle of the aircraft. On the side of the wings but if possible just behind, to see anyway and have less turbulences.

    As for where the least exposed place is in case of a crash... there are so few survivors in case of a crash that I'd rather put my immediate comfort first than bet on whether I'll survive or not. If I survive, will I still be able to travel afterwards?... I kind of doubt it.
    🙄

  37. @A World Elsewhere: Pfff, I too often travel alone, but I have never been upgraded... you are lucky, Marie-Ange!
    As for the seat in the plane, I ended up opting like you, on the wings, a little bit backwards, on the window side, for the same reasons. I'll try the A380 when I come back, it will comfort me from the post-holiday spleen.
    😉

  38. I also choose a window, I "fill" the space between the seat and the window with my warm clothes (like the jacket or the second fleece I have on me when I leave), a pillow on top, and hop, it makes a support... and to get up, it's just after the meal and just before the breakfast to not disturb too much. If I have to move, I try to get on the armrests discreetly and go over my neighbors!
    Generally, I avoid the front (children... the only time I was at the beginning of a section in a plane, I was served!) and the back (as Marie ange says, too much movement and noise... often, we also find noisy groups gathered on the back seats!)

    Concerning the A380, I found that at the bottom, there was more space between the seat and the window... a bigger gap to fill, but more space!

    For the next time in November, I chose seats on the floor, there are less people and only 2 people on the window rows. We lose the potential chance of not having a neighbor (I noticed that free seats were more and more rare!), but when we travel with 2 people, we have the chance of not having a 3rd to disturb and that nobody is stuck between 2 others!
    I don't know if these seats are more or less pleasant, I wonder how it feels to see the wing from one floor above... What is certain is that you have to get there damn early to choose them on the website, 3 less before the flight I'm taking tomorrow they were already all unavailable! 😳

  39. @Manta: We should found the porthole enthusiasts' club, with Marie-Ange... 😆
    Well, I'm going to see all that on the way back, for the A380. It seems to me that I too, at the time of booking, I only had the choice on one floor.

  40. OoooOOOhh nice 🙂 : Pulau Weh, a destination that I don't know -yet- and that I had reserved for a next time.
    Don't be surprised if one day I ask you for some opinions and/or advice on Gapang and others... I have never understood the climate regime of the area and the monsoons to which it was subjected, it seems from some readings that it is more particular than for the Andamans or the West Coast of Thailand. 😕

    As for the seats... well when I'm upgraded (rather often 😛 ) I'm not very observant... but why did they invent the intermediate classes this year 😡 ... no more way to go in the 180° business seats 😥

    By the way, I just got back from Sipadan 😀 walls of barracuda and jacks on every dive 😯 ... it was even better than the last two times! 😆 (you know where to read the CR 😉 )

  41. @ Wet & Sea / Ludovic: Don't hesitate, if you need info... 😉 For the seasons, it's not very clear. Apparently, it's diveable all year round, with no clear season.
    I'm glad you had fun again in Sipadan! If, on top of that, you manage to get upgraded, that's great!!!
    🙄

  42. I'm going back to Indo and I hesitate to take Singapore Airlines, because of the A380.
    Given the number of passengers, isn't there too much waiting for luggage at CDG? And the queues for the formalities...
    How did it work out for you?

  43. @Phylos: During this trip, I took the Emirates Airlines A380 and only on the way back, in fact, between Dubai and Paris. I don't really remember, but I didn't keep the memory of endless queues or anything...

    Singapore Airlines is an excellent company, you rarely have bad surprises. And I think you can even pre-check your luggage with them online, which avoids the long lines at the traditional check-in.

    🙂

  44. Personally I prefer the window at the back of the plane. I like to check in my luggage last to have the right to these seats: less people (last time I had the row for me), so I can even lie down, and as I'm in the last meal trays, I have the right to the "leftovers" of the first classes. And the hostesses are often not far away and so they always offer me more drinks or even desserts when there are more and we don't have a second meal planned.
    These are little perks that I like in the back of the plane 🙂

    1. @O'drey: yes, I'm converting to the back part, too. There are often less people, it's quieter (people with children usually go to the front, where there are mini-beds for babies on the bulkheads), there are even free seats, sometimes, allowing you to wallow... And it's true that you're closer to the "corner" of the stewards.
      😉

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