Don't Sit in This Area of an Airplane, Says a Flight Attendant

Kelsey Clark

Though the end result is almost always worth it, the process of traveling isn't exactly a walk in the park. Hours of inactivity coupled with cabin pressure can make sailing the skies at 30,000 feet an exhausting, uncomfortable experience. Rather than bore you with the obvious tips like don't check a bag and stay hydrated, we endeavored to glean the least basic of insights from the most seasoned of travelers: flight attendants. Below, Annie Kingston, a flight attendant of four years, shares her top three frequent flier tips.

Don't sit by the partitions 

Unless you want to be seated next to a baby, that is. "While there's no escaping (or blaming) the shrill of an upset child, you can lower your odds of sitting directly next to one by choosing a seat that's located far from the partitions on board," she explains. These partitions are actually the only spots on an airplane outfitted to a baby's bassinet, meaning most children under one year will be seated in that area.

Become a Frequent Flier to Get Seat Upgrades

According to Kingston, joining a free frequent flyer program essentially puts your name in the hat for potential seat upgrades: "When a flight is booked in economy but still has seats available in business class, most major airlines will scan their passenger information list for solo travelers and offer upgrades to those who are enrolled in their frequent flyer program."

Sit in the back for more attentive service

While your intuition may tell you the opposite, Kingston reveals that flight attendants actually "avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane, because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way," she writes for Oyster. Drinks, pillows, earplugs, and the like are often in short supply. "For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it's much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine."

What travel hacks would you add to this list? Share your insider tips with us below.

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