Flight attendant explains why she always books seats in the fifth row
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A Virgin Australia flight attendant has revealed why she always books seats in the fifth row when she's not working - and they come with a surprising number of benefits.
Whether you're a window person, or an aisle-lover, there is no doubt that some seats are definitely worse than others.
Rosie Awad - who has been a flight attendant since 2014 - has provided a hot take on which seats to book and, more importantly, which ones to avoid on the Boeing 737-800.
These planes typically seat between seat 162 and 189 passengers.
The Virgin Australia employee of five years told Escape: "The worst seat (for crew) is the 1R jump-seat (at the front of the aircraft).
"You’re facing the cabin, looking at the passengers… they’re looking at you… it can turn into an awkward staring contest.
"The worst seat for passengers would have to be the last row, or any row next to a lavatory (I’m so sorry to those who get any in that row).
"I think it’s pretty self explanatory why this is chosen!"
Explaining why row five is her fave, Rosie said: "I would always choose row 5 [on our B737-800] at the window.
"There are great views, you can see the airplane wing, you get extra leg room, there are no emergency exit responsibilities, you're able to put a bag under the seat in front, it's close for disembarking, and is one of the first rows to be served for inflight service … see why I chose it?"
Well, as millions are still hoping to jet on holiday while the weather's decent, one flight attendant has revealed why holidaymakers should think twice before putting their bags in the overhead lockers.
Kat Kamalani has revealed that flight attendants will not be able to help lift luggage due to a surprising reason.
Having spent six years as a stewardess, she explained that people often risk injuring themselves as they lift overpacked suitcases into lockers.
“Crazy fact…everyone thinks it’s flight attendant’s job to lift your luggage into the bins, but it’s not,” she said.
“Actually, our airline, and a ton of other airlines, tell you do not do this because you get so many injuries with it. And you’re not even covered.”
However, Kat did say that attendants will help customers if they ask and that passengers could always seek assistance from others on the flight.
She advised people to check information placards on the plane, as these will often give extra details about how to store suitcases and bags.
“Most airlines have these little cards that show you how to store your luggage…so it’s either going to be vertical or horizontal.”