The airplane seat you can NEVER reserve even if it’s empty

TRYING to choose the best seat on the plane can be tricky, depending on whether you want the aisle or the window.

But there is one seat you can never reserve on a plane, even if it’s empty.


Flight attendants have their own seat on the plane.Credit: Alamy

Flight attendants have their own seat during takeoff and landing, which is the jump seat at the front of the cabin.

However, passengers are not allowed to sit on this seat on an airplane.

According to the Cabin Safety website: “There are a few regulations involved, and ultimately the answer is no, a passenger cannot sit in a flight attendant’s booster seat for takeoff and landing under normal circumstances.

“For starters, airlines cannot sell unoccupied flight attendant booster seats to passengers.

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“Seating capacity does not consider flight attendant jump seats as passenger seats.”

He also explains that the jump seat has a different seat belt – with an additional harness strap – which passengers have not been trained to use correctly.

A former flight attendant supported this claim, explaining on TripAdvisor: “Generally they are limited to those with current flight crew certification, which in most cases means your cabin crew.

“But depending on the airline or region, this may also include flight deck personnel as well as management personnel from these two groups.”

Another person added: ‘Friends of mine did, but they weren’t on duty or related to aircrew and were traveling on a hold ticket.’

Other airline personnel are also allowed to sit there, such as flight attendants on leave.

Called deadheading, this means you might see a crew member in their uniform who is unable to help you.

This is because they are off duty, but flying to their home base or flying to another airport for another flight.

A travel expert has revealed why you should always book the dreaded middle seat.


The middle seat is also the safest in a plane crash, according to a recent study, if seated in the back of the plane.

Seasoned traveler John Burfitt says reserving the window seat at the back of the plane next to the lavatory makes your plane journey much more peaceful.

The jumpseat is not considered an open seat for passengers to reserve or sit


The jumpseat is not considered an open seat for passengers to reserve or sitCredit: Alamy

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