Revealed: the perfect plane seat (and the worst)

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Everybody knows there's always a rush to get on a plane first so you can choose the 'best' seat - and now a study has revealed the ultimate place to perch.

Flight comparison site Skyscanner polled over 1,000 airline passengers on their seat preferences (not taking into account extra legroom seats), including which section and whether they chose window, middle or aisle seats.

The poll also analysed whether choices were influenced by lucky numbers as well as odd or even rows.

And the combined responses revealed that the 'perfect' seat on a plane is (drumroll, please): 6A.

The finding supports previous studies that have found the front six rows are the most popular, taking 45% of the votes.

The window seat proved the most popular position, with 60% of people saying they prefer it, while 39% opt for the aisle, and only 1% choosing the middle seat.

And where there's a 'best', there has to be a 'worst'; the survey found that the most unpopular seat was 31E - a middle seat towards the back of the plane.

Skyscanner's travel editor, Sam Baldwin said: "There is always a great rush to get on board and get that favoured seat and I think it is really interesting that there are so many differing opinions on this."

"Anecdotally some passengers seem to opt for the middle section near the wings where they are less likely to feel turbulence while others want to be near the front for ease of getting off the plane, less engine noise or even to get a better choice of food available.

"The window seems a popular choice for those looking to sleep, especially for long haul flights, while those who take more trips to the toilet prefer sitting next to the aisle so as not to disturb fellow passengers.

"The aisle is also popular for tall passengers looking to stretch their legs. Frequent fliers have also reported that the left hand side of the plane is best as the windows are off centre, allowing for wall space to lean on".

Sam added: "I just hope that the low cost carriers don't find out that there is such demand for seat 6A and start charging a premium for it!"

But Easyjet are already trialling bookable seats, and booking seats in the front six rows of the aircraft actually costs £8 compared to the standard £3 charge to pre-book seats in other sections.

So, unless you're pre-booking, elbows at the ready!

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