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How to get the best seat on a plane: The best seat (and the worst) to book

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If you want to know anything about air travel, you’re best to turn to advice from frequent flyers. 

And the greatest frequent flyers would have to be cabin crew, who make their living in that metal tube in the sky.

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This is the thinking behind Doors2Manual, a new travel concierge service staffed by ex flight attendants. And they have some cracking advice to take on board. Pardon the pun.

One of the most hotly contested topics is which seat to reserve when you’re booking your flights. There are a number of factors that you need to take into consideration: if you’re on a long-haul flight, you want to be clear of the galley so you’re not kept awake all night as cabin crew come and go. You also don’t want to be near the bathrooms so you have passengers loitering near you in the aisle.

 Express.co.uk spoke to Fiona Mallinson – a cabin crew member with over 20 years experience in the travel industry under her belt. And she had this sound advice about the one seat you should avoid booking.

Fiona Mallinson has heaps of handy tips and tricks for fliers.

She said: “If you’re travelling business class, I would never sit at the back.”

She goes on to explain that the back of business class “backs on to the economy cabin, and in that economy cabin, the front is where they put the baby bassinet”.

“If you’re at the back of business class, it’s very likely you’re going to have a baby right behind you, in economy class.

“It varies slightly from airline to airline, but as a general rule, that’s often the way it works out.

“I know … I’ve been that person in economy with a screaming baby at the front”.

Beware of the back row of business class. This could be directly behind you. Picture: Getty

Beware of the back row of business class. This could be directly behind you. Picture: Getty

So which is considered to be the best seats on a plane? 

According to Virgin Australia, seats 2A and 19F are the ones you want to go for.

As a business class seat, 2A might be an obvious choice, but 19F in economy has its own unique perks, Virgin Australia cabin crew member Grace Ferguson told news.com.au.

“On all aircraft types across the Virgin Australia network, 2A is a business class suite or seat, which offers priority boarding, extra baggage space and allowance and a menu created by resident chef Luke Mangan,” Ms Ferguson said.

“2A is also popular as it also offers a little more privacy than the first row and has fantastic views, as there is no sight of the overwing.

“19F is so popular because it’s in the middle of the aircraft, which generally has more luggage space available, so you don’t have to rush on-board first, you can wait until the line’s a little smaller, enjoy your coffee and avoid that hectic rush.”

A Virgin Australia cabin crew member has also given her tip for the best seat to choose in economy. Picture: Supplied

A Virgin Australia cabin crew member has also given her tip for the best seat to choose in economy. Picture: Supplied

Ms Ferguson said 19F had gained popularity on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft because of its position — a window seat, about halfway in the cabin, on the right-hand side. “A hot tip: If you’re flying into Sydney, the right-hand side of the aircraft generally has the best views of the city so you can get that all-important Insta pic,” she said.

See also:

–Ingenious travel trick ‘to get whole row to yourself’

–5 underrated travel hacks I swear by

–5 things you should know before buying luggage

–How to get the best seats on a plane next time you fly

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