Tuesday Tips: Seat Selection

Do you have a favourite seat when travelling by air? What is the one thing you HAVE to have when it comes to choosing where you sit?

For those who can't afford to fly business or first class on every trip, the art and science of seat selection can become an obsession. But it doesn't have to be complicated: read on for my tips on how to ensure you're sitting comfortably on your next flight.

1. Set the Rules The first tip in my seat selection masterclass is establishing your own personal set of flying rules. This will help you to pick a good seat for you, even when a flight is fairly full.

This stage is all about priorities. Is peace and quiet more important to you than legroom or vice-versa? Remember, what works for one flier won't necessarily work for the next. For example, do you find it helpful to orientate yourself by looking out of a window, or would you prefer to avoid the vertiginous view at all costs? Does it matter that you are sitting close to your travelling …

Review: Skyfaring: a journey with a pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker

Like many people with a degree of aviation anxiety, I've ploughed through my fair share of books designed to help conquer Fear of Flying over the years. Mark Vanhoenacker's 'Skyfaring: a journey with a pilot' is emphatically not a self-help title. However, it's probably the most useful piece of literature I've encountered so far in my journey to flying freedom, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to boost their level of confidence in the cabin. Here's why... 

I've read and re-read Skyfaring several times - both in the air and back on home turf, and keep coming back to its pages thanks to its author's rare ability to combine poetic brilliance with technical competence to delight the most avid avgeek.

There is a fine line between fear and fascination, and as anyone with a phobia will tell you, it's all too tempting to read up in great detail on what can go wrong on a flight (Air France 447 transcripts anyone? Mon dieu). Equally, the more dr…

10 things to never say to a person who’s scared of flying

Sitting next to a nervous passenger can be hard work…your arms are bleeding from where they’ve dug their nails in, they keep on asking you what that noise means or why that light has come on, and you’re constantly worrying about what barmy or embarrassing thing they might do next. But there are a few things you can do (or not do) to help them through the whole sorry experience. 

Read on for some tips from the Terrified Traveller.
Haven’t you seen the statistics? Flying is the safest way to travel Not only will they have seen the statistics, they probably know the figures better than you do. Like all phobias flying fear does not operate on a rational level, which is why it’s quite possible for those with a PHD in physics to develop a terror of turbulence. Pointing this out to your fellow traveller will most likely just annoy them, and almost certainly won’t magically cause their nervousness to disappear.
Why don’t you try hypnotherapy/mindfulness/any other therapy du jour? Chances are th…