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The Best Airplane Seats if You are Prone to get Motion Sick

Updated on November 25, 2010

A white barf bag strategically placed in the seat pocket in front of you is a kind reminder that you are not the only person in this world suffering from motion sickness. While being in good company may help you feel better, there are some effective strategies to make the best out of your flight. Knowledge is ultimately power, and by knowing which are the best seats to help you feel a bit better, you may have some advantage over other motion sick passengers sitting in other seats. 

First of all, let's point out the seats to avoid as much as you can. If you are prone to  get motion sick, you want to steer away from the rear seats near the tail. The reason for this is that this area tends to be much more bumpier than other areas in the plane. It is not unheard of passengers in the front rows dealing with slight bumps, whereas those in the rear where subject to a roller coaster ride. 

Simply, think of how it feels like when you are riding a bus and are sitting in the very rear while riding over a road full of potholes.          Very likely, you will be bouncing around helplessly asking yourself why you ever ended up sitting there in the first place. The rear seats of  a plane may look nice because they are likely to be less crowded and you may be able to reserve yourself a whole row of seats, but it may be noisy and particularly bumpy which is why those fond of turbulence like to hop on these seats in the first place.

The Best Seats for People Prone to Motion Sickness

So which are the best seats to claim if you are likely to get motion sick? You have two options: the front seats or those by the wing. The seats in the front are generally known to grant comfortable flights and this is why first class and business class are near the front of the aircraft. 

The seats by the wing work great because the wings act as a stabilizer and passengers are likely to feel less jolts sitting there. However, if you choose a window seats, it is best not to look outside when there is turbulence as the up and down movement of the wings may make you dizzy and more likely to feel sick.

 If you are prone to motion sickness you can take medications to fight, or at least prevent, this condition, however they must be taken in advance to work well. It also helps to chew on crackers, suck on ginger candy and look ahead avoiding to read or look out of the window. With the right medicine, choice of seats and snacks, you may be able to prevent becoming airsick and perhaps ultimately, avoid using that miserable barf back in the seat pocket in front of you.

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    • alexadry profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrienne Farricelli 

      5 years ago

      I took a bag of gin-gins with me on my most recent flights and they really seemed to help a lot, I also gave some to those next to me who didn't like the bumps either.

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      8 years ago

      I have found that The Ginger People's Original Ginger Chews are my favourites. They are a bit pricier, but they are truly delicious.

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      8 years ago

      Great information and very useful for first timers.

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      Giovanni Ciriani 

      8 years ago

      The best seat row for bouncing when there is turbulence or bad whether, is at approximately 25% from the leading edge of the wing. However, modern jets have wings that are swept backwards, which moves that location backwards by a significant amount. Therefore the best row is approximately where you see the trailing edge of the wing right outside your window. The trailing edge is where the back portion of the wing meets the cabin.

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      9 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting article, did not really think about it that way but it makes sense. Thanks.

    • alexadry profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrienne Farricelli 

      9 years ago

      Well , I experienced this one time first hand, we hit severe turbulence and the wings were bouncing up and down and making me sick. I heard then that actually wings in planes are meant to be flexible like that and that they can even be flexed to extremes without breaking. No need to worry..

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      9 years ago

      "it is best not to look outside when there is turbulence as the up and down movement of the wings may make you dizzy and more likely to feel sick." darn it. I never thought of this. That actually makes me a little more fearful but not sick. Fear of heights are hard to overcome

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image


      9 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      My sister does not like to fly because she get motion sickness. I will let her know about this. Thanks

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      9 years ago from The Motor City

      My wife gets motion sickness. I will tell her about these tip thank you very much. Great info.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great article. Thanks!

    • Edwin Clark profile image

      Edwin Clark 

      9 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Is it me or are the barf bags getting smaller and smaller? Informative hub! Rated it up!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Now this is an excellent hub my friend. I will not fly nor will I ever fly. I am not going into the details, but you advise is perfect and will help many folks with this problem. I rate up and and remember I am your friend and fan...darski


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