Why No One Should Swap Seats on a Plane

  • Published: 13 December 2019
  • You probably aren’t the only one looking to pull the ol’ switcharoo. Even if just a few passengers do it, they could throw the plane off balance! And since most aircraft are incredibly sensitive to changes in their center of gravity, it can lead to dramatic consequences.

    During takeoff, pilots must know the distribution of weight on the plane to make exact calculations. If these calculations are off even the slightest, there are chances that the aircraft can crash while leaving the ground. So before nestling in a more comfortable or spacious spot, ask a cabin crew member if you're allowed to do so.

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    - If the calculations are off even the slightest, there are chances that the aircraft can crash while leaving the ground.
    - By the way, if the airport staff load baggage incorrectly, for example, in the rear compartment instead of the front one, it can also mess with the plane's balance.
    - Always secure your tray table as soon as the plane starts moving on the tarmac, and never lower it during takeoff and landing.
    - Like a lowered tray table, a reclined seat can seriously slow down an evacuation since it’ll block the person sitting behind you.
    - If you’re on a larger aircraft, you have higher chances of surviving a possible accident.
    - Remember that sitting near an emergency exit means not only more leg room but also more responsibility. That's why only able-bodied adults can occupy such seats.
    - Follow cabin crew instructions to open window shades during takeoff and landing. This way, flight attendants can see what's happening outside.
    - Fly non-stop without connections if you can. An overwhelming majority of plane crashes happen during the first 3 and last 8 minutes of the flight.
    - Wearing proper clothing will reduce your risks during air travel. Try to wear clothes made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, leather, and denim.
    - Prepare a "run kit" and make sure it's with you at all times. Such a kit should contain your passport, wallet, cell phone, credit cards and cash, any necessary medications, and a list of emergency contacts.
    - Don't stuff heavy objects into overhead lockers. They can fall out during severe turbulence and injure you or other passengers.
    - If you see some suspicious activity or strange-looking packages, immediately inform the cabin crew.
    - It might be a waste of time to look for the safest seat on the plane because it probably doesn’t exist.

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Comments • 3 243

    BRIGHT SIDE   1 months back

    Hi BrightSiders! Do you swap seats if someone asks?

  • Yuri Rogatschenko Siqueira

    This is all wrong in so many ways...

    • Banoky's Animation Studio's

      EM: can we swap seats. My daughter deserves the window seat.
      Bright Side: I'm about to end this woman's hole carrier

      • Ølives_Offline
        Ølives_Offline  8 hours back

        Ok so i have a question,
        What if your in your correct seat area but you want to switch in the 2-3 seat row?
        Is that dangerous just like switching seats when you go to the wrong seat area?

        • CasenGamer
          CasenGamer  12 hours back

          Good rule be smart

          • Matt Warner
            Matt Warner  16 hours back

            Do they realize there are flights with no assigned seats. You just board the aircraft and find a seat.

            • Roshan Ekka
              Roshan Ekka  1 days back


              • jdapter
                jdapter  2 days back

                Wait, when you make a plane reservation with AA and choose the seat, they don’t know how heavy you are. So how could the load balance it like that?

                • McKenzie Wlodarczyk
                  McKenzie Wlodarczyk  2 days back


                  • Christopher Klatt
                    Christopher Klatt  2 days back


                    • Bayley Edwards
                      Bayley Edwards  2 days back

                      Dont open the door

                      • Mio
                        Mio  2 days back

                        So always choose the bigger plane... Hmm so if I can choose between a Boeing 737 and 737 Max I will definitely not choose the Max XD (I know that the Max is not allowed to fly anymore so that choice will never come up).

                        • Graham Thomson
                          Graham Thomson  2 days back

                          I don't know how true the switching seat thing must be because of the plane is that temperamental of one person switching their seat, Why don't they ever weigh people before getting on the plane? All it takes would be a couple of heavy people sitting on the same side and the plane could crash? I think your facts are wrong.

                          • ginofc vermaat
                            ginofc vermaat  3 days back

                            This is so not true

                            Edit: grammar

                            • Katy Sapp
                              Katy Sapp  3 days back

                              LOL I didn’t even know to open my windows I always do it because I love watching take off

                              • GCloudWolf O_O
                                GCloudWolf O_O  3 days back

                                This dude is gonna make it so everything sounds like its bad.

                              • Thomas Gaid
                                Thomas Gaid  4 days back

                                $hit bs

                                • richard watterson
                                  richard watterson  5 days back

                                  0:59 so the cockpit is on the back

                                  • Dump Chump
                                    Dump Chump  5 days back


                                    • Talynn Temaat
                                      Talynn Temaat  6 days back

                                      I never have been on a plane

                                      • Muhammad Salam Khan
                                        Muhammad Salam Khan  7 days back

                                        2:51 Larger aircrafts are safer.

                                        • Elizabeth Brewster-Rutherford

                                          I don’t believe this about changing seats. No one takes the weight of all the passengers before take-off so they actually never know the actual weight on each side.

                                          • Yvette Kennedy
                                            Yvette Kennedy  1 weeks back

                                            Why doesn't it state these rules regarding the airplane on those cards in the magazine slot on the back of the seat in front of you.

                                            • cool cookie
                                              cool cookie  1 weeks back

                                              Make a part two pictures crash

                                              • Kaiden Rayle
                                                Kaiden Rayle  1 weeks back

                                                This is not true at all in any way what so ever. The pilots dont struggle at all, I know 5 comercial pilots all of them get the plane up, then watch football on there phone... I'm not kidding(auto pilot)

                                                • Nilay Polat
                                                  Nilay Polat  1 weeks back

                                                  That is not true bc u can’t really weight us without weighting us so and it still won’t be equal bc won person is heavier than another u can’t just guess

                                                  • Connor Cuggino
                                                    Connor Cuggino  1 weeks back


                                                    • Ishraq Alim
                                                      Ishraq Alim  1 weeks back

                                                      Looks like Bright Side is running out of ideas


                                                      • Marcel van der Werf
                                                        Marcel van der Werf  1 weeks back

                                                        Total BS

                                                        • Nora Elgendy
                                                          Nora Elgendy  1 weeks back

                                                          You need to sit at your proper seet because if something happens they call people by there seats

                                                          • Rakesh Shah
                                                            Rakesh Shah  1 weeks back

                                                            Apart from swapping seats part, pther explanations sound logical to me..
                                                            Seat swapping logic is absurd.

                                                            • Rita Serrano
                                                              Rita Serrano  1 weeks back

                                                              You can, but you shouldn’t.. load controller provides the loadsheet of the aircraft that have all the balance and important informations from the aircraft. The loadsheet com mbining weather conditions and other informations will determine the way the plane will take off and land. Full cargo, or more heavy on one side... depending many conditions (weather also, fuel) the captain has to take off and lanD in specific way.If the aircraft is full cargo and passangers somethimes baggage stays to ballanve the aircraft.
                                                              Off and landing you should stay on the seat that you are assigned

                                                              • Fish Man
                                                                Fish Man  1 weeks back

                                                                No because they are not the boss of me!

                                                                • Levicorpus Carter
                                                                  Levicorpus Carter  1 weeks back

                                                                  They will check ur weight before swapping 😆

                                                                  • Mohit Puri
                                                                    Mohit Puri  1 weeks back

                                                                    Terrorist after watching this video

                                                                    *terrorist* - don't move or I will change the seats

                                                                    • hemu kurra
                                                                      hemu kurra  1 weeks back

                                                                      Lol..no way!

                                                                      • a and
                                                                        a and  2 weeks back

                                                                        Here in the US I’ve never had an assigned seat. Just goes by what you bought like first class or economy. So none of this makes sense

                                                                        • Abigail S. Mullen
                                                                          Abigail S. Mullen  2 weeks back

                                                                          this is legit one of the dumbest videos i've seen on youtube.

                                                                          • Anas Najeeb
                                                                            Anas Najeeb  2 weeks back

                                                                            2:44 Who laughed at that person

                                                                            • Aiden Salcedo
                                                                              Aiden Salcedo  2 weeks back

                                                                              Person: swaps seats
                                                                              Plane: turns upside down

                                                                              • R. Sandwich
                                                                                R. Sandwich  2 weeks back

                                                                                ahh so pilots need to calculate weight distribution.. i guess it really is a tough job, both mentally and physically.

                                                                                • Cupcakegacha yt YT
                                                                                  Cupcakegacha yt YT  2 weeks back

                                                                                  We swap seats because my baby brother ( he is only 3 and doesnt know how to manage himself) his seat is always far from mine and my mom's

                                                                                  • ki๓ j̸o̸n̸g̸ U⃨n⃨

                                                                                    i swap seats a lot on planes dude

                                                                                    • David Lips
                                                                                      David Lips  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Every time someone takes my seat “I say hello can I sit here pls’

                                                                                      • erin landtroop
                                                                                        erin landtroop  2 weeks back

                                                                                        can i swap seats with my mom if she has window seat :3

                                                                                        • NXG_ SPARTAN
                                                                                          NXG_ SPARTAN  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Not true because they dont take your weight before a seating arrangement

                                                                                          • K and S Productions
                                                                                            K and S Productions  2 weeks back

                                                                                            be farty

                                                                                            • Karl Anthony Cilia
                                                                                              Karl Anthony Cilia  2 weeks back