Choosing an airplane seat can be a very important decision. Since the trip has the potential to become your worst nightmare if you don’t get it right… With pros and cons for any of them, deciding the best place to sit on an airplane is complicated. In this article we are going to see the reasons why it may be convenient to choose the last row of seats.
Advantages of the last row of seats
There will be no one sitting behind you
Don’t you just hate when someone’s knees hit your back through the seatback the entire flight? Or that the feet of the person behind appear below your seat… Or that they place their feet on the side of the window and protrude through the armrest.
By choosing the last row we also avoid having the typical drunks glued to our ears who spend the entire flight arguing loudly a pillow away from our heads.
You are more likely to have no neighbors
Normally the seats in the last row are reputed to be the worst (we’ll see why), but for this very reason people tend to try to avoid them and the surrounding seats are more likely to be unoccupied so we will have more space for ourselves.
On smaller planes, some parts are even reserved for the cabin crew, who don’t necessarily use them.
Little children sit far from you
Designated spaces for families on the plane are usually in the front seats of each section. Due to having more space in front, they are usually seats that are often given to people traveling with babies or small children (sitting on their parents’ laps).
Sometimes the seats in those areas have several extra oxygen bags for children.
The seats in the last row are the safest
I’m sure the airlines will tell you that this is not true, since then everyone would want to sit in the back of the plane. But statistics confirm that, after a flight accident, the part of the plane’s tail is the one that suffers the least damage.
That’s why it’s not uncommon for the black box to be typically placed in the tail section of the plane, where it’s most likely to survive a serious crash.
Vesna Vuković was a Serbian flight attendant who holds the Guinness World Record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160m. She was the only survivor after the explosion of a briefcase bomb in the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367, on January 26, 1972, which crashed near Srbská Kamenice (Czechoslovakia). One of the factors that helped her survive is that she was sitting in the tail of the plane.
Disadvantages of seats in the last row
They don’t recline
The seats in the last row are attached to the rear wall, so they cannot recline. Also, sometimes these seats are placed in a more upright position than the other seats. This can be a major inconvenience if you’re on a long flight and the seats next to you aren’t empty so you can lie down.
Near the bathroom
Most planes have a WC in the tail so there will be people passing by constantly and you will hear the door open and close. Sometimes you can also notice some not very pleasant smells…
The turbulence is more noticeable at the rear of the plane.
Disembarkation is usually slower
Although the last seats usually board first, when you disembark at normal airports you will be the last person off the plane.
Of course, in some cases, when you also disembark from behind, you will be one of the first.
They will serve you last
Depending on the organization of the airlines, you may be served the latter. So not only will you not be able to take a nap beforehand, but also many times you won’t even have all the food options available (since the most popular one will have sold out).
As you can see, the seats in the last row have many advantages, but also many disadvantages. My advice is to try them a couple of times to see if the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for you.