How to survive the worst plane seat

While people have different preferences on a plane, most agree the middle seats are the worst, however there are things you can do to alleviate the biggest problems.

Sleeping suggestions
The biggest problem with the middle seat is where to lay your head if you are trying to get 40 winks. Obviously, if you are seated next to your partner you don’t have quite as many problems as you may be able to have a shoulder to sleep on, especially if they have an aisle seat next to them. However, if you don’t have that luxury you may have to try some alternatives. One option is to find a neck pillow that suits you and try sleeping upright. The other option is pulling down your tray table and sleeping in a forward position with your head resting on a pillow or a rolled-up jacket. Just make sure not to put your face directly onto the tray table as they can be covered in bacteria.

Board early
The key to making the most of the middle seat is making sure that you get at least one or possibly both of the armrests and the best way to do that is to board at your earliest opportunity and mark you territory straight away. Courteous travellers will usually cede the armrests to people in the middle seats, but as you may have found out in your previous travels not everyone is courteous these days.

Stay entertained
You won’t be able to take advantage of daydreaming, while looking out the window or people watching down the aisle, but it is important to keep busy to distract yourself from your situation. Bring a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to help keep you immersed in your in-flight movies or make sure you pack a really good book for the flight.

Ask to be reseated
Just because you were assigned a middle seat, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other seats available. Once the seat belt sign is switched off and your plane is cruising at a high altitude, it could be worth asking a flight attendant if there are any aisle or window seats available. This will almost certainly result in you moving further back in the plane, but they will usually be happy to reseat you if there are other seats available to make your flight more enjoyable.

Do you think the middle seats are the worst on the plane? Do you have any flight survival tips you would like to share?

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