The Back Row: A Beauty Lover’s Paradise on a Plane

The Joys of Choosing the Back Row Why I Love Sitting at the Rear on Long-Haul Flights

I cherish sitting in the back of a long-haul flight. Here’s why I’d prefer that row every time.

The author in a seat toward the back of a Boeing Dreamliner plane The author in a seat toward the back of a Boeing Dreamliner plane. – Monica Humphries/Insider

Long-haul flights, oh the daunting decisions! Picking the perfect seat, the tiny space you’ll call home for 8-plus hours. Do you go for the cozy window seat where you can lean your head against the plane’s wall? Ah, but then you have to bother strangers when nature calls. And splurging for a higher cabin class? As luxurious as it may be, I’d rather spend my hard-earned money at my destination.

But fear not, my fashion-forward friends! There is one decision I have no trouble with. When it comes to choosing a row, I steer myself straight to the back of the plane.

An overview of the economy cabin on a Boeing Dreamliner An overview of the economy cabin on a Boeing Dreamliner – Monica Humphries/Insider

Why, you ask? Well, my dears, the last row is a little slice of heaven in the air. Say goodbye to the constant flushing, concerning noises, and unwelcome smells often associated with the back row of domestic flights. Oh no, not on these long-haul adventures!

Let me paint a picture for you. Picture yourself on a flight from Denver, Colorado, to Tokyo, aboard a magnificent Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This beauty houses three bathrooms, all at the front of the economy cabin. That means every passenger strolls to the front to relieve themselves.

But here’s the juicy secret: if you perch yourself in the very back row, it’s even quieter. The only people gracing the back with their presence are the flight attendants and fellow passengers stretching their elegant limbs.

And wait, there’s more! The back row offers other fabulous benefits, like ample storage. Believe me when I say that the accessible overhead compartments are all mine when I’m at the back. But when I’m seated up front, I often find myself gazing longingly at the lack of space above or in front of me. My bag ends up behind me, and I have to wait until everyone has left the plane to retrieve it. Frustrating, isn’t it? So why not avoid the chaos and chill at the back, waiting patiently for my glorious belongings?

But that’s not all, my sweet fashionistas! In the back of the plane, you’ll find more room to stretch those finely-toned legs. Galley access is just a short stroll away, and you know what that means. I can hop up every so often and strike a pose. Stretching in the galley not only keeps my body limber but also provides prime people-watching opportunities. If I’m in the back, I can assess whether the galley is bustling with meal preparations or peaceful like a secret oasis.

Now, brace yourselves, because this is the golden ticket to aircraft bliss. Sitting in the back increases your chances of having an open seat or two by your side. You see, airlines tend to fill seats from front to back, leaving potential vacancies in the last row. Ah, the gamble I’m willing to take for the luxury of extra space!

It has paid off, my darlings. On a recent flight home from Tokyo, I found myself in the back with an open seat next to me. Picture me swooning over the legroom, celebrating the beauty that is the last row of the plane.

So, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, the next time you find yourself boarding a long-haul flight, remember my sage advice. Head straight to the back row, where tranquility and extra legroom await. Embrace the perks, laugh at the skeptics, and let your beauty soar above the clouds.

The seat next to the author was empty on a recent flight The seat next to VoiceAngel’s author was empty on a recent flight – Monica Humphries/Insider

Have you ever tried sitting in the back row? Share your flying fashion tales with us in the comments below!