Be Less Stupid, The Latest, Video — February 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Where’s The Safest Place To Sit In An Airplane?




According to our research, the absolute worst and most dangerous place to sit on an airplane is… next to the guy who brings his own egg salad sandwich. OK. you’re right. Sitting next to this jerk won’t kill you. It’ll just make you wish you were dead.

CRASH: However bad sitting next to Mayo & Egg Breath is, there are even worse places to sit… especially if your flight crashes. And while the odds of you dying in a crash on any one flight are about 8 million to one, the odds increase significantly to 5000 to 1 over the course of your lifetime, according to the National Safety Council.

Between 1971 and 2007 there were 20 commercial aviation crashes around the world in which passengers both died AND survived (as opposed to disasters in which no one survives) and after correlating passengers who survived… with their seat locations, science now has a firm grasp on the safest place to sit in an airplane if it crashes.

According to the research, your likelihood of surviving a plane crash if you sit in the front of the plane (first or business class), is 49%. Passengers in the middle section of the plane have a survival rate of 56% and the passengers in the rear of the plane (as defined by those rows behind the furthest part of the wing) had a survival rate of 69%.

Results of: Where is the safest place to sit in an airplane?

So, when you have to make a choice about airline seat location… and your primary objective is to pick a seat where you’re most likely to survive in the event of a crash…

This vs That says: pick the back (behind the wing).

AND: Seat location isn’t the only thing that will help determine your survival rate in an crash — especially if your plane lands in water.  Which do you think is more likely to help save your life, the life vest or the seat cushion?

To find out, This vs That did a number of experiments to determine which flotation in an emergency is best. Our experiments were overseen by:

  1. The nation’s leading trainers of airline personnel in emergency training procedures.
  2. Capt. Ross Aimer, a United Airline Pilot with 30,000 hours of passenger plane flight experience
  3. Ben Bostic, a survivor of US Air flight 1549 that ditched in NY’s Hudson River
  4. And Dr. Harmik Soukasian, the chief of thoracic surgery from Cedars Sinai hospital.


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