While some of us like to book our seat on the flight at the first available opportunity, others leave it to chance to decide their fate. Will you land yourself the best window seat in the place, complete with scenic views and extra legroom at no extra cost? Or will you be sandwiched between a screaming child and a passenger who clearly doesn't understand the concept of personal space? Annie Kingston, who has been a flight attendant for nearly five years, says choosing your flight beforehand is key. Here she divulges some of her top tips — including the best place to sit for great in-flight service.
According to Annie, many passengers choose seats at the front of the plane, either so that they can leave first, or because they think it increases their chances of securing their preferred meal option. But if you're sitting towards the back, she says it's here that you're guaranteed to receive the most attentive service.
Why? Well, flight attendants like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because it usually means flaunting whatever they've asked for to other passengers 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," Annie says.
There you go — you heard it here first.