Lonely Planet Writer

You're more likely to get better service on an airplane if you sit here

Did you know that you’re more likely to get better service if you sit in one of the back rows of a plane? This is a tip shared by flight attendant Annie Kingston, writing for Oyster, which is headquartered in New York and publishes comprehensive photos and expert reviews of hotels. She explains that most passengers tend to prefer seats at the front of the aircraft, so that they can disembark first and have a better chance of securing their preferred meal option, but if you’re sitting near the back, you’ll receive the most attentive service.

You will get better service at the back of a plane. Image: Hero Images

“The reason is simple,” she explains. “We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane, because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way. This can cause a problem since planes often don’t have enough extra vodka, pillows, earplugs, and toothbrushes, or the time on shorter flights to deviate from the service schedule. For passengers sitting near the back of the plane, however, it’s much easier to slip in that second mini bottle of wine.”

Female traveller texting at airport check-in desk.
You’re more likely to score an empty seat beside you if you board the aircraft last. Image by Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images

Annie also reveals that you are better off boarding the aircraft last to score an empty seat beside you. This doesn’t mean delaying the plane or risk missing the flight by being late, she warns, so make sure you’re at the gate ready to go in plenty of time, but position yourself near the end of the queue. “One of the most common questions we receive from passengers during boarding is if the aircraft is full and whether extra seats will be available,” she says. “Our answer is always that you need to wait until all passengers have boarded, the doors are closed, and the plane has been pushed back before you can consider moving to that empty row. If you’re one of the last passengers to board, any open seats you see are most likely going to be free and yours for the taking.”

Don’t sit near the bulkhead to prevent being seated next to a baby. Image by Klaus Vedfel/Getty Images

Annie’s other tips include not sitting near the bulkhead to prevent being seated next to a baby, and avoiding the window seat to prevent being cold. To read her tips, check out the full article here.