Which Seat Is The Safest In An Airplane?

Which Seat Is The Safest In An Airplane?

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Air travel remains as the safest of all other modes of transportation in today’s world. However, many people still have a fear of flying. Oftentimes, they ask themselves, ‘Where is the safest place to sit on a plane?’ The most honest answer is that no airplane seat is 100% safe. One airline disaster is different from another and no airplane crash is the same.


However, various studies have shown that those who are seated in the rear end of the plane are more likely to survive a plane crash.


It’s safer in the back

Many people believe that the safest seats on a plane are the ones located between the wings. While it’s true that the wing area has the most metal reinforcements, an analysis of NTSB crash data shows that the those seated in the middle are less likely to survive than those in the back.


How to choose the safest place to sit on a plane

In 2015, another crash data analysis by TIME provided us with more information about this topic. According to their research, those seated in the overwing had a 39% death rate. Passengers seated in the front part of the plane had a 38% death rate. Meanwhile, those who are seated on the rear end of the plane have the lowest death rate with only 32% chances at suffering from a fatal injury. If you still want to be extra sure about your safety, book a seat located in the middle-most seats in the rear. People who sit in that area only have a 28% mortality rate.


Turbulence and safety

Where is the best place to sit on a plane for turbulence? First of all, it’s good to know that most turbulence is incapable of seriously damaging the plane’s structure. Modern aircraft have been designed to successfully withstand mild to severe turbulence. While it may cause a bumpy ride, turbulence can’t really cause your plane to start falling from the sky.

Turbulence can still injure you. How? Most turbulence-related accidents occur when people are standing up inside the plane. Once turbulence hits, those who are not wearing their seatbelts are prone to fall to the floor and hit themselves. Jostled overhead luggage can also come loose and hit anyone that is not sitting down their seats.


Other ways to increase your chances of survival

Even though news about plane crashes are extremely scary, your odds of dying from a single flight crash is 1 in 29.4 million. The most important thing to do when riding a plane is to follow the pre-flight safety instructions. Always buckle up when the seatbelt light is on, and know the nearest exits.


Which Seat Is The Safest In An Airplane?

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