I'm a frequent flyer and here's why you should always board the plane first – it'll save you time in the long run

BEING the first onboard a plane where you have assigned seats might not seem like the best move.

You're sat in the cramped seat for longer and you have to wait for everyone else to find their seats and get settled before the flight can take off.

But a frequent flyer has revealed why boarding the plane first actually saves you time in the long run.

It is all to do with where you put your hand luggage and how easily you can access it.

Ashwin S Krishnan took to question and answer site Quora to share his advice.

He wrote: "If you are flying economy/coach and have cabin luggage, gauge how crowded the flight is going to be.

"If you expect a full flight, try to board earlier – this will improve your chances to get cabin space for your luggage over your designated seat.

"Having to place your cabin luggage behind your seat or checking it in leads to a significant time loss."

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So by having your bag directly above your seat, you can exit the plane quickly and don't have to wait for other people to move before you can grab your bag.

First isn't always best though – as a travel expert has shared that some people are paying to board the plane last instead.

And we also reported on a TV star mum who said why you should never board first if you have kids.

If you're looking to save time elsewhere on your journey, a travel expert has explained how to get through airport security as quickly as possible for free.

And here's a clever way to always skip the long airport passport queues – and it will barely cost you anything.

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