Airplanes are truly one of man’s most awe-inspiring creations. Humankind was born without the ability to fly, and yet some of our greatest thinkers and innovators came together to achieve the unthinkable. And since the invention of the airplane, we’ve made huge strides in aviation technology. And even with all of these amazing achievements, we have yet to perfect one of the most infuriating aspects of air travel: seating.


We’ve all been there. You’re halfway through a 5-hour flight and you’ve been hunched over in a tiny seat, fighting for every last centimeter of space with two other passengers. It’s an excruciating experience.


So what exactly can we do about seating? We’re all very aware that the seating in business and first-class is much better than in economy; unfortunately, most travelers simply cannot afford to fly in those sections. So what other recourse is there for those on a budget? Well, according to a recent article from MyDomaine.com, flight attendants know the sweet spots to sit on any flight, as they should.


When conducting the survey, the author at MyDomaine.com, Megan Beauchamp, states that she simply asked flight attendants what seats they would choose themselves when flying off-duty. Several of the surveyed attendants agree that the window seat is one of the best possible options. Their reasoning being that the window seat allows you to lean on the window without having to inconvenience your neighbors.


Another common choice among attendants was the second row of the exit aisle. This may seem counter intuitive, as the exit row is usually known for its extra leg space, but these attendants believe otherwise. They claim that the seats in the second row allow you to recline, whereas the first row does not. Another good option is to sit as close to the front of the plane as possible. You are first for service and for deplaning.

This holiday season is set to be one of the most heavily-trafficked. If you’re one of the millions of Americans travelling by plane, then you should definitely do your research on choosing the right seat.