I'm a flying expert and I always pick the worst seat on the plane – here's why you should too | The Sun

A FLYING expert has revealed why he always picks the WORST seat on the plane -and why you should too.

Seasoned traveller John Burfitt has revealed his secret to a stress-free flight which was hidden in the most unlikely of places.

He says that by booking the window seat at the back of the aircraft next to the toilets, your plane journey can be as peaceful as possible.

Although some may fear the queues and subsequent smells may make the journey unbearable, John insists it is actually the most relaxing place to sit.

He came up with the savvy seating idea after being kicked in the back by a passenger for the entirety of a long-haul flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

After "jolting his way to the USA", John vowed he would never suffer through the ordeal of a chair kicker again.

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He later walked down the aisle to visit the bathrooms and spotted the solution to his hellish problems "in the look of contentment from the people in the back row of the cabin."

John wrote for escape.com.au: "I noticed those seats had a wall behind them, and no one was getting kicked there. No wonder those people looked relaxed!

"In that instant, I decided the back row would be the only place I would sit on a long flight from now on."

On his next flight to Europe, the traveller decided to put his theory to the test and booked a seat next to the window on the back row.

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He continued: "As I nestled into that corner, I discovered what true airline love is about. I had just found the best seat on the plane.

"It’s impossible for anyone to kick the back of your seat. You are tucked away, so you will also never get king hit by a flight attendant wielding a trolley, be bumped by passing passengers or have them grab your seat as they pass.

"And when you want to sleep, lean into the corner against the wall and doze off."

The globetrotter admitted he has "happily paid extra" and even changed his travel dates to bag the best seat on the plane.

And John was quick to bat away gripes about his choice of seating, saying it was in fact an "overlooked gem".


He wrote: "'But the back row has no recline?' they cry. As a matter of fact, on most of airlines I have flown, they do indeed recline.

"'You’re in front of the toilets and can hear it flush!' is another. Ever heard of earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones?

"'But you are wedged in and it’s claustrophobic?' I enjoy being away from the traffic, so that’s fine by me.

"'You have to climb over other people to get out!' No one has ever said no or huffed about me needing to attend to bodily functions.

"Then again, I always ask nicely."

Despite spilling his secret to a relaxing plane ride, John is hopeful that it doesn't result in the seat suddenly finding itself "in hot demand."

"When debating where to sit on a plane in the past, I used to determinedly stick up for my favourite spot, but not any longer," he added.

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