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Here's how to pick the best seat on a plane

Handy if you aren’t a great flyer.

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IF YOU’RE NOT the best flyer, picking your seat could make all the difference.

Some parts of the plane are more susceptible to the jumps and bumps of the flight, which could impact on nerves.

So, where should you sit?

Pilot Bruno Gilissen took to Q&A site Quora last month to answer that question.

He said he had asked four flight attendants where on an Airbus A320 (a typical plane which Aer Lingus uses in Europe).

All four agreed upon the back of the plane being the worst place. All pilots would agree with this as well I think.

“Three out of the four were convinced the least turbulence is felt in the very front; only one of them pointed to somewhere over the wings.

The three flight attendants agree with most airline crew that the least turbulence is in the front of the airplane. That is consistent with my experience.

He goes on to explain that the front of the plane is ahead of the plane’s centre of gravity – between the wings.

The back of the plane will feel more turbulence because the plane’s elevator is “working hard to try and restore things to the way they were”.

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And, in case you didn’t already want them, business and first class seats are the best for avoiding turbulence, he says.

“You want the seats in business class for the smoothest ride. If the turbulence is severe, you want the seats in first class.”

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