And it isn’t in first class.
Every traveler has a preferred seat on an airplane. Some choose the aisle seat to avoid cramped legroom. Others opt for the window seat to take in the scenic view. In fact, the one thing frequent flyers can all agree on is that the middle seat is, arguably, the worst. Unless, of course, you’re fortunate enough to board a plane that’s not packed-to-capacity, and you can have the middle and window seat all to yourself. But in deciding between the aisle and window seat, one seating option many passengers often forget about is where to sit in economy to receive first-class service.
Annie Kingston, who has been a flight attendant for nearly five years, divulged some of her tried-and-true tips to make flying easier for Oyster.com, including the best place to sit for great in-flight service.
Kingston’s logic, surprisingly, has nothing to do with flight attendants not wanting to walk all the way up to the front of the plane.
"We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way," Kingston wrote. "This can cause a problem since planes often don't have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule. For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it's much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine."
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So it seems that sitting at the back of plane has a couple of perks beyond having more space and avoiding having your seat kicked—like, for example, more wine and attentiveness from the flight attendants.