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Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:03 am

I was wondering what is the best side to sit on flying into some of the major airports in the U.S.
I going to PHX next month with a connection in BWI inbound and MDW on the way back.
I had an “A” into LGA last year and that was awesome.
Obviously winds and runway use matters
 
PanzerPowner
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:01 am

Even then it depends on the SID and STAR.
Well uh, I obviously decided to refine this but i dont know how.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:41 am

It depends on which side can accommodate your broom in the overhead bins.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:51 am

I consider the direction of travel and time of day to determine the relative position of the sun during cruise, and select a window seat on the shady side of the plane. That way I can comfortably keep the window shade open.
When flying at night, I usually go for the left side. Being right-handed, I find it easier to eat and work in my seat without banging my right elbow against the wall panels.
And I always sit on the left when flying to DCA. :)
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:02 am

I almost always choose the port side ("left") if there's nothing special about the route I'm flying, like something scenic; same when I'm driving a car. It just feels normal to me.

Usually when I'm flying back home I'll choose the right side though since I can see most of the city from that side, assuming arrivals are on the 17 runways.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:09 am

If you're flying into LHR, sit on the right-hand side. If you land on either of the 27's the view of London is spectacular! I would assume the same can be said for landing on 9 at LCY.

Same goes for LAX. Since planes almost always land from the East, sitting on the right hand side will give you a great view of downtown LA. The other side though will likely see the ocean, if conditions are right.

For the left-hand side, flying AKL to North America is good, as you get a great view of Auckland. I would imagine Landing from the north in SYD is great on that side too.

Really, it depends on where you're flying to. In DEN, you have a 50/50 chance of getting a nice mountain view when landing from the north/south. I am sure there are many more examples.
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:46 pm

masgniw wrote:
It depends on which side can accommodate your broom in the overhead bins.


:rotfl:

Doesn't really matter, you can just store it in the front closet, that's where the FAs store theirs. :duck:
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:49 am

I usually use http://suncalc.net/#/51.508,-0.125,2/2017.10.25/17:44 to figure out which side of the aircraft will be the shady side, at my departure, destination, and in the cruise.
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:53 am

Recently, I've preferred to sit on the left aisle, window seat A.
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:08 pm

For me it depends I prefer to sit on the dark side. I prefer to shady side depending if I'm flying west or south etc according to the time of day
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:55 pm

I'm a window guy, so whatever's available, I'll gladly take it.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:36 am

long haul, or very early/very late flights - right hand window. My head just naturally wants to rest to the right when I'm tired and upright.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:36 pm

masgniw wrote:
It depends on which side can accommodate your broom in the overhead bins.


Love it. I noticed that immediately in the subject line.
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:38 pm

Obviously except fir a few airports judging which side to sit on is impossible, but if you just want to have the sun out if your face for the majority if the flight, checkout this website:
http://sunflight.net/
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:59 pm

For the 3 out of 4 known approaches I'm aware of in to LGA, the left side is the best side. So 75% of the time, the left side is the best. A rather new approach to runway 22 bears a strong resemblance to the Expressway Visual for runway 31 so you will see the city on the left. However, the best ever approach is the Hudson River Visual to runway 22 which means you need the right hand side of the aircraft and you are literally looking at all of the city beneath you. Landings on runway 13 are so rare that it's not worth banking on that one, but if it does happen, the right side is the best.

Departures are easier with runways 13, 4, and 31 most commonly used for departures. 22 is rare, and is used occasionally in the mornings. And I mean occasionally. I have one departure from 22 in my memory in my 27 years of life and it occurred in 2015. Too rare to depend on that departure.

JFK is a little more of a crapshoot since it is further away from the city and your views aren't the best. But I'll give you a breakdown:
Departures runway 22R: Right side
Departures runway 4L: Left Side
Departures runway 31L: Right Side
Departures runway 13R: Almost irrelevant
Odds are better on the right side of the plane.

Landings:
Runway 13L (Canarsie VOR): Left
Runway 4L: Crapshoot
Runway 31L/R: Crapshoot
Runway 22L/R: Right

So landings are basically 50/50.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:20 am

I try to sit on the opposite side of the sun (especially during sunrise/sunset flights) - makes for better lighting to take pictures.
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:32 am

I try to sit on the opposite side of the sun but last time I tried this on an AA 738 it backfired on me as my chosen seat was the one without a window...LOL.
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:29 am

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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:48 pm

For whatever reason I prefer the left side. I only pick the right side if there's no left side window seat available.

And on a widebody, sitting in the middle part is simply not an option for me. I always manage to find an available seat in the window portions (or I already prebook my seats if the fee isn't too outrageous).
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:14 am

SAN: Left side. You will fly past downtown San Diego and it's pretty stunning.

The right hand side is cool too, you'll see Balboa Park on approach.

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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:15 am

dfwjim1 wrote:
I try to sit on the opposite side of the sun but last time I tried this on an AA 738 it backfired on me as my chosen seat was the one without a window...LOL.


Sounds like you need to use Seatguru next time my friend.

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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:36 am

Left: ORD, SAN, DCA

Right: LAS, LAX, SEA, PDX

Doesn't Matter: DEN, MCI, DFW, IAD, IAH, CLE
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:15 am

irelayer wrote:
dfwjim1 wrote:
I try to sit on the opposite side of the sun but last time I tried this on an AA 738 it backfired on me as my chosen seat was the one without a window...LOL.


Sounds like you need to use Seatguru next time my friend.

-IR

Thanks, going to use Seatguru next time I fly!
 
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Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:01 am

I choose to sit on either side, preferably a window every time. I tend to alternate which side from one flight to the next. I do also try and take into account the view side of where I am going. If I am flying up the east coast of Australia and know the flight track usually, I will sit on the coastal side. I like sunset and sunrise sides too when planning. I used to sit on the side where I could see my house when I fly past it, now I don't at all. :wave:

When I usually book QF I have limited selection and always down the back. When I booked my first TT flight recently, I had a choice of the whole aircraft! Took minutes to decide, but I went with a window on my usual preferred side on the route, and my favourite number. :swirl:

I use SeatGuru when I remember - or knowing me, I go into it after a flight and compare my experiences to others.
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