Report reveals most popular seats on the plane

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Backseat flyer? Odds are you prefer the window seat. Right-handed? The floating theory on why, overall, travellers express a preference for sitting on the right side of the aircraft.

Those are among some of the conclusions of a British Airways survey that aimed to identify seat preferences among their flyers.

According to their data, window seats hold a slight edge over aisle seats, a trend that was particularly noticeable among those who sit at the back of the proverbial bus.

The inverse was true for travellers who prefer sitting at the front of the aircraft, as these passengers showed a preference for aisle seats.

One possible explanation? Priority for those who choose to sit at the front is to deplane as soon as possible, making the aisle seat more attractive.

Those who want to enjoy the journey en route to the destination, meanwhile, don't mind sitting at the back where they're most likely to be one of the last to offload, so long as they get a bird's eye view of the world below.

Another interesting trend to emerge out of research included a preference for seats on the right side of the aircraft facing the cockpit, as 54% of economy passengers choose to sit on the right.

"Most people like the idea of turning left when they get on a plane, but it looks like the majority favor the right hand side when it comes to choosing their seat," said Sara Dunham, British Airways' head of retail and direct channels in a statement.

The most popular seats on a Boeing 747 in economy class are twin-seats 51/52B, 51/52C, and 51/52J -- which is expected, as they give passengers travelling in pairs to have a row to themselves.

And, unsurprisingly, business class flyers expressed a preference for seats on the upper deck of the aircraft, while the very first two rows -- 1A and 1K -- were likewise most popular for first class passengers looking for more leg room.

Meanwhile, a report out of Hunch.com likewise drew some interesting conclusions when it comes to seat preferences, painting window seat flyers as predominantly female, short, nature lovers who tend to be 'bed-hogs' with little sense of personal space.

Aisle seat flyers, meanwhile, were depicted as male business types tethered to their BlackBerrys, who compulsively check their emails and therefore are more likely to wear cufflinks and bring home a six-figure salary.

The New York-based site made the correlations between window and aisle seat flyers by sorting through profiles of 62,000 Hunch.com users who expressed their preferences on a variety of topics.


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