What seat should I choose if I’m afraid of flying?

Where to stand on a plane if you have a phobia?

Air travel can be a real ordeal for people who are apprehensive about this mode of transport. But in many cases, flying is essential to get you to your next vacation destination. So what do you do if you’re afraid of flying? Here are a few tips to help you choose the best seat in the aircraft.

Choosing a seat based on your fear of flying

Most airlines will let you choose your own seat. You’ll often have to pay a supplement when booking, but technically you can sit anywhere. When it comes to choosing your seats, there are two decisive criteria: feeling the turbulence and your chances of survival in the event of a plane crash.

If you want to feel the aircraft’s movements and turbulence as little as possible, the best seat is in the middle of the aircraft at wing level. However, this is the most exposed position in the event of an accident, since it’s right next to the fuel tanks.

If your fear lies in the risk of the plane crashing, then the best seat is at the back, where the chances of survival are greatest. Avoid this seat if you’re afraid of turbulence, as it’s the part of the aircraft where you feel it most.

It’s up to you to decide. Remember, you only have a one-in-11-million chance of dying in a plane crash(see article linked above).

Choose your seat based on comfort

Conseils pour mieux dormir en avion

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Some people don’t have a visceral fear of flying, but the lack of comfort can make them considerably uncomfortable. In that case, here are a few tips before you book your seats:

If you want to stretch out your legs during the flight, the seats near the emergency exits offer the most space. They should, however, be suitable for people who can help staff in the event of an evacuation.

Seats at the head of the row also offer a little more space, but are known to be colder and closer to the passageway. Seats at the end of the row have the disadvantage of backing onto kitchens or toilets, making them less reclinable (on larger machines) and noisier.

The final question to ask concerns the choice of window or aisle. Some people prefer the porthole to keep an eye on take-off and landing, and to be able to sleep against the window. On the other hand, freedom of movement is reduced. For this last criterion, you’ll want to choose an aisle seat.

So don’t hesitate to compare the pros and cons to find the place that best suits your profile.

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