tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5008 posts, RR: 8 Posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
So this is for those of us that have our seats in Economy/Coach. For long haul flights, do you prefer to be seated near and possibly next to the bathrooms, the galley, or in the middle of "everyone"?
I am debating as I have a LAX-MEL flight coming up and while I have my preferred aisle seat (my wife has the window), I am near the galley. I (we) can move to a few other choices but they are - you guessed it - either near(er) the bathrooms or in the middle of "everyone else". I haven't been on enough of these length flights to know if the galley is all that bothersome or if another location is better or worse.
With the galley, is it more active while one is trying to sleep? Other times? With the "middle of everyone" it is just crowded and you may get more of the people issues of noise, disturbance and kids but I also know most will sleep the majority of the time. I also prefer not to be in the back if the plane. Then there is the bathroom, which I suspect is the least desirable for obvious reasons, but is it that bad? Again people are mostly sleeping a good chunk of the flight so maybe not?
I am also considering paying the upgrade for better legroom but I may have the same conundrum there.
Just looking for opinions and input.
[Edited 2013-09-24 18:18:28]
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AirbusGeek From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 78 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1801 times:
Ok, if you are trying to sleep take the middle of everone and as most other people will be sleeping, you will not be disturbed. However, if like me you will like to be near a galley and watch the crew work (it is very intresting to see how they conduct the cabin service): it is especially good if you like people watching. As for the bathroom, NO NO NO! You don't want to stuck near a smelly bathroom with people gathering round you waiting for it.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4053 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
Quoting AirbusGeek (Reply 1): You don't want to stuck near a smelly bathroom with people gathering round you waiting for it.
I absolutely agree on both counts. Firstly the bathrooms do begin to smell during longhaul flights, that is pretty much unavoidable. Secondly, at high traffic times (especially after the meal service and before decent) you will have people standing next to you while they wait in line.
Personally I prefer to be in the "middle of everyone" as most people are either snoozing or watching the IFE, and are therefore pretty quiet. It's quite uncommon in my experience for two passengers to carry on a loud conversation while the cabin is darkened during an over-night flight. Also, if you are further away from the bulkhead then you are less likely to be disturbed by babies in the basinet position. Obviously you can never guess where babies are going to be, but the centre seats in the second row are probably best avoided.
If you don't mind me asking, which airline are you flying?
tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5008 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1715 times:
Quoting AirbusGeek (Reply 1): Ok, if you are trying to sleep take the middle of everone and as most other people will be sleeping, you will not be disturbed. However, if like me you will like to be near a galley and watch the crew work (it is very intresting to see how they conduct the cabin service): it is especially good if you like people watching. As for the bathroom, NO NO NO! You don't want to stuck near a smelly bathroom with people gathering round you waiting for it.
Hope this helps,
It absolutely helps, thanks! I am also one that enjoys watching "what is going on", and it is good I have two good options. I appreciate the information you and RyanairGuru offer, it reaffirms what I suspected.
Sadly I find myself on United (747-400) due to travel policy preferences (USA airline, low cost). Reviewing their product, it appears to not be that good. I tried for Qantas and particularly the A380 but no luck.
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n92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 299 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 months 16 hours ago) and read 1290 times:
I've done the UA 744 ORD/HKG route a few times and tried numerous different seat locations. E+ had slightly more legroom and was not as crowded and was also closer to the front of the plane. However I found rows 59 and 60, on either side (not the middle), to be the best seats. 59J was slightly better than 60A due to the extra leg room of row 58 only having 2 seats and the curvature of the plane. 59A/J also had extra room between the seat on the fuselage to stow my computer bag so plenty of legroom. Row 60 though allows a 'ninja' move up and over your seat as to not disturb your seat mate. I found no smells and the traffic was a non issue. If on the 744 and in Y, I'm trying for these two rows. Hope this helps and good luck.
Reffado From Brazil, joined Feb 2012, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1270 times:
I've never flown said route, but I always choose to be "in the middle of everyone". Usually, I choose a window seat in one of the overwing (or aft of the wing) exits. If this is not possible, as it's not on TAM as they charge more for said seats, I choose the closest seat behind those. I rarely sleep during flights so I don't worry too much about infants, but on said seats, I find myself away from the galley (and therefore, light and such) though I always take a trip there to see the crew working, and also at a distance form the lavatory that is not to far for me to have trouble getting there quickly, and not too close to be bothered by lines and smell. Though I do wish I could afford to fly J all the time!
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 891 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
Quoting tugger (Thread starter): I am debating as I have a LAX-MEL flight coming up and while I have my preferred aisle seat (my wife has the window), I am near the galley.
I had the misfortune of sitting near the galley on LAX-SYD (on a QF 744) about a year ago. Specifically I was in an aisle seat right across from that compartment where they keep the service carts. I kept getting bumped by the flight attendants or the carts when they were taking them out or putting them away. Not to mention the activity in the galley made it hard to sleep.
My choice would be "middle of everyone" just because it seems like the least bad option compared to the aforementioned problems with the galley, as well as not wanting to be near a smelly lavatory with people milling around waiting for it, as others have mentioned.
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 868 times:
Funnily enough when I fly to Australia once or twice a year, I've taken to seating near the back. I tend to fly on QF, so it's the A380 from LHR and the toilets whilst behind you, face away from you, there's curtains etc. I don't tend to notice the flushing noise as I'm either asleep or have the IFE on. I really dislike being squashed in amongst of load of other people and often find (some on the European flights) that the seating thins out the further back you go. For example on two flights ex-LHR this year to DXB I had three seats to myself and then on the second flight two of us had a seat in between. From DXB to MEL and SYD the gaps were filled but that's be to be expected. Because of the floor plan of the QF A380 you don't actually get people queuing next to you because you tend to stand in the "help yourself" bar area between several toilets. So I didn't find I was getting disturbed at all, and next time I'll take the same seats.
I think it depends on the aircraft arrangement, I would hate to be sat in the middle of three, I've sat next to people I'd rather not have, at least with a window seat for example you can turn away without being rude.
The joys of public transport! I'm saving my One World points to fly to Australia 1st class one day (over 50% there already), but I know the day I do that. I will never be satisified in Y ever again!!
CdnCactus From Canada, joined Mar 2013, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 822 times:
I don't mind being close to the galley at all since I am unable to sleep on the plane (tried prescription drugs and even that failed), so might as well try looking at something happening to distract me from my misery. Why not use the IFE, you say? I don't watch (modern) movies, and there are no documentaries loaded. When I travel without my iPad or even a book I'm truly and well screwed.
"Middle of everyone" is actually my least favourite due to my inability to sleep - nothing makes me feel more like a freak of nature than everyone else around me happily snoring away in a quiet cabin.
(Therefore if you can sleep no problem you should do the exact opposite of what I like, of course.)