Surprisingly, many people have found that one of the best fear of flying tips is to choose carefully where they sit on the plane. Selecting the right location onboard can have a big effect, lowering anxiety levels and making for a much more relaxed experience.
Here are our top tips for choosing seat location depending on the type of flying anxiety you typically experience.
The Safest Place to Sit On A Plane
Despite that fact that the chance of dying in an Airplane crash is estimated at only one in approximately eleven million, many passengers still worry about where to sit to improve survival chances in the extremely unlikely event of an accident.
A survey investigating safety data relating to airplane crashes over a thirty-six year period, studied results from the twenty air accidents involved where there were both fatalities and survivors. Their findings demonstrated clearly that passengers traveling behind the wings at the back of the plane had a higher survival rate in eleven out of those twenty incidents. In fact, in seven out of the eleven crashes the survival rate was very significantly higher for passengers traveling in the rear.
Best Place To Sit To Overcome Fear Of Flying Turbulence
Choosing a seat over the wing is the place for the smoothest ride. This is the closest place you can get on a plane to its center of mass so rather like riding a fairground swing-boat ride, you sit in the middle for the gentlest movement!
Although fear of turbulence is a big anxiety for some, improvements in airplane design have made turbulence much less of a problem and the most likely people on the plane to get injured when it hits a patch of turbulence are the flight attendants who may not be safely in their seats at the time.
Where to Sit on on a plane for the Quietest Ride
There is no avoiding the fact that planes are loud, particularly during take-off. However, even in-flight noise levels of up to 85 decibels are common and can be even higher at the back of the plane.
To avoid the noise as far as possible, choose a seat at the front of the airplane. Many people make the mistake of turning up headphones to try to drown out the sound but this could damage your ears, particularly on long-haul flights. Using noise-cancelling headphones instead of ear-buds is a much better choice.
Families with small children and babies can also rack up the noise – and stress levels during a flight. Families are often allocated bulkhead seats, so choosing a seat some way behind these can help reduce the ambient noise for you.
Overcome Fear of Flying Claustrophobia
Although this is a difficult problem to overcome, choosing an aisle seat can help. An aisle seat makes you feel you have more legroom, more elbowroom and less ‘hemmed in’ by other passengers. You can retrieve something from your overhead locker or visit the bathroom without problem.
Self Help For Anxious Flyers
More and more airlines are now offering passengers the opportunity to choose their seats – either at the time of booking or when checking in online. So take action to help yourself by using our tips when picking a seat for your next journey and have a less stressful trip.
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