WHAT IS THE SAFEST SEAT ON AN AIRPLANE?
I grew up in 1980s America. I remember the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Scotland in 1988. I remember the Challenger space shuttle disintegrating over the Atlantic Ocean in 1986. I remember that airplane crashes just seemed to be on the news regularly, giving me an irrational fear of flying that I still have today.
It’s encouraging to know:
Airplane accidents occur at a rate of: 1 crash for every 1,200,000 flights.
The dark part of our imagination tells us that no one can survive a plane crash. This is wrong. 95.7% of people involved in a plane crash survive, actually. Even in the most tragic and serious of airplane crashes, over half of the passengers survive.
So, what can you do to increase your chances of survival? First, pick the right seat to sit in.
SIT IN AN EMERGENCY EXIT ROW, or Note Exactly Where the Nearest is
In an emergency, getting out of the airplane is crucial. Additionally, emergency seats generally have extra legroom. In the case of an accident, you can be a hero, making you more attractive to the opposite sex.
Advice: go for it, be a hero- reserve your emergency exit row and avoid alcohol
Sit in an AISLE SEAT
If you’re stuck beside a window, relying on the actions of those two portly, aloof passengers separating you and the aisle, you are less in charge of your survival and more dependent on those blocking you.
If sitting at a window seat, before takeoff ask those blocking your survival how serious they are about surviving the upcoming fiery aircrash. If they seem flippant, dismissive, or pretend not to speak your language, immediately demand to trade to an aisle or threaten to make a scene. It’s for the safety of everyone on board.
Advice: reserve an aisle before you fly, or be prepared to throw a tantrum
Sit Towards the BACK OF THE PLANE
Test crashes show that the G-Forces recorded at the back of the plane are half of those forces in the front of the plane. Additionally, test passengers and their test-bones, are shown to remain more intact and unbroken crashes.
Advice: choose a seat in the back of the plane, behind the wing’s trailing edge. The further back, then safer you’ll be. If you forget to reserve, many unoccupied seats are located in the back. You ask to move after takeoff.
FIRST CLASS is the MOST DANGEROUS Class
Test crashes have shown that the most dangerous seats on the plane are rows 1 to 11.
Next time you see those pricks sittin pretty up in First Class (right before that little “I don’t even want to see them” partition curtain gets closed by the attendant) you can take a little comfort knowing that those rich bastards are likely to be the first to die in the case of a crash.
Advice: avoid being financially affluent; don’t set goals or bother reaching them
Have a good flight and safe travels.