Pilot Patrick Smith explained on the Ask the Pilot blog that “the smoothest place to sit is over the wings, nearest to the plane’s centres of lift and gravity”.

The rows at the back of the plane are where travellers will experience turbulence the most as the further away they sit from the wings, the more noticeable turbulence will be.

When sitting by the emergency exits, however, passengers are not allowed to place any loose items, including jackets or bags, under the seat in front of them, which can be an inconvenience for many.

Pilot Christine Cancar also shared her opinion and explained that the passengers sitting by the windows are at higher risk as “aircraft windows don’t filter the sun’s damaging UV rays”.


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