WHEN booking a flight, everyone admits that the middle seat is the worst.
In fact, a study by Virgin Australia found that only one percent of people book a middle seat rather than an aisle or window seat.
However, the middle seat on an airplane is actually the safest in an emergency.
A study conducted by the Aviation Safety Network analyzed 65 plane crashes and found which seats were safest based on survivability rates.
A middle seat at the rear of an airplane was found to be the safest, with a 28 percent mortality rate, compared to seats further forward, which had a 44 percent mortality rate.
Seats in the rear of the cabin had the lowest mortality rate at 32 percent.
Harro Ranter, chief executive of the Aviation Safety Network, told the Express: “I can’t think of anything that would make sitting upfront any safer [and] In a real accident, you usually have the best chance of surviving at the rear.”
Luckily, plane crashes are rare — a 2018 study found the chance of dying on a flight was just 1 in 2.52 million.
Here are some other benefits of the middle seat on an airplane
Virgin Australia passengers are now encouraged to choose the middle seat, with some grand prizes serving as an incentive.
Anyone who books a flight with the airline and sits between two other passengers can enter the middle seat lottery.
Each week through April 23, 2023, one person will be randomly selected to win a prize, including cruises and vacations.
A flight attendant ended all elbow wars by clarifying who gets ownership of the middle.
Speaking to Insider, the member of the cabin crew said it was an unwritten etiquette to give priority to the middle passenger.
She said: “If I could give an airline etiquette PSA I would say I wish I wish more passengers knew that the center seat armrests are for the center seat passenger – both.”
Dealchecker’s travel expert, Rosie Panter, confirmed this, telling Cosmopolitan: “It’s widely accepted that the middle seat got the short end of the stick, so they should get the luxury of both armrests.”
“Why do you ask? The aisle seat passenger has the freedom to stretch their legs and walk up and down as and when they like, while the window seat passenger has the luxury of looking out the window and daydreaming about their vacation destination. or curl up to rest your head on the side of the plane to turn a blind eye without risk.”
More chance of a free upgrade
Stasher CEO Jacob Wedderburn-Day told Sun Online Travel, “If you don’t like the uncertainty of waiting a few hours before your flight to check in, make sure you choose the middle seat.”
“Airlines are more likely to value passengers seated in the middle seat as this is generally considered the least desirable place to sit.
“So if you don’t mind being wedged between two other people, these seats might be worth booking.”
A flight expert recently revealed why you should always choose the worst seat on an airplane.
And that’s what your airplane seat says about your personality.
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