This Is Exactly Where a Flight Attendant Would Sit on an Airplane

Updated 05/03/19
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Depending on your preferences, certain plane seats offer distinct advantages that can help you have the smoothest possible in-flight experience when traveling, while others will leave you counting down the minutes until landing. No one understands this more than flight attendants who arguably spend more time in the air than on the ground. As Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant Kaipo Kauka recently revealed to Insider, the best places to sit on a plane depends on what kind of a passenger you are.

The difference between an aisle and a window seat can be about much more than a view, and the decision to sit next to an emergency exit could mean more trouble than simply reading a pamphlet before takeoff. Whether you get cold easily, know you'll need to use the restroom at least a few times, or are picky when it comes to your in-flight meal, there's a seat that's best for you (and some you'll want to avoid). Here's exactly where to sit on a plane, according to a seasoned pro.

If you want to catch some shut-eye…

Go for a window seat if you're planning on sleeping your way through a flight. According to Kauka, the window seat makes for a great support when catching some z's. "You seat neighbor will thank you for not leaning on them instead," he says. Plus, you won't be disturbed every time someone in you row needs to get up to use the restroom or stretch in the aisles.

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If you know you'll need to use the restroom…

Pick an aisle seat if you know you'll need to get up from your seat during the flight to use the restroom. This way, you won't have to bother the other passengers in your row. If you're still concerned about making it to the restroom during your flight, Kauka recommends booking a seat close to the lavatory ahead of time.

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If you get chilly easily…

Avoid seats near any doors or emergency exit windows if you find yourself shivering when flying. "These exits allow the outside cold air to seep into the aircraft," Kauka explains. Although they generally offer extra legroom free of charge, they're not the place for someone who easily catches a chill.

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If you're a picky eater…

Sit near the front of the plane in order to get the food, drinks, and snacks you want. Kauka notes that flight attendants usually start food and drink service from the front of the plane, making the first few rows ideal for anyone hoping to get their meals quickly and have first dibs on snacks and beverages. This part of the plane is also best for those who want to avoid turbulence. "The smoothest ride will be found in the front of the aircraft," he says.

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