Make the seat work for you
What type of airplane is operating the flight, and where your client sits in the cabin can often make or break a positive flight experience. Sometimes there is nothing that you can do to help: if a destination is only served by smaller commuter aircraft like the Dash-8, CRJ-regional jets or the Embraer-series, any seat is going to give that feeling of being stuck in a can of sardines. You can only do so much by choosing a window seat for some privacy, or an aisle for easy access to the lavatories.
Selecting an emergency exit row for the extra leg room is out of the question too, because anyone sitting in those rows need to be physically and mentally able to open the emergency exit an assist the cabin crew if there is an emergency evacuation of the aircraft. Even if you are able to select the exit rows online, it will be changed at the airport. I recommend the bulk head seat instead, but be prepared to share the row with young families who requested a crib for their baby.
How about seats in the back of the cabin? Those offer more privacy and they are also closer to the washrooms. But if you are hoping that your client will take a nap to kill a few hours, the back is not a great option either. There is a lot of activity and it gets pretty noisy. There are flight attendants who are working and talking in the galley, there are passengers who are going in and out of the lavatories, and as if that’s not enough, the back will also take more bumps during turbulence, compared to the middle or the front of the airplane.
You might be thinking that somewhere in the front of the cabin is practical, because your client will be among the first to get off the plane after landing. Don’t bother. Especially if you have also requested wheelchair assistance. Your client will be asked by the flight attendants to stay seated until everyone else has left. The ground staff will then come onboard and help your client get off the plane.
Even if there is no wheelchair involved, tell your client to take it easy when it’s time to deplane and wait until most of the passengers are gone. Here is why: on every single flight, as soon as the plane stops at a parking position, half of the people on that plane are going to stand up and try to leave, as if the plane was on fire. For your client it is going to be a lot of stress for nothing, trying to grab all belongings in limited space, while other passengers are being impatient in the aisle. So where to sit then? Anywhere in the middle really. Besides, you’ll only know after the flight if it was a good seat or not.