Member since 15 Sep 2012
Total posts 91
Would love to know what people think of seats not facing directly forward, especially on take off? Many airlines now have herringbone or rear facing seats. Have never travelled in one but idea of facing sidewards on takeoff doesn't sound appealing!
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,115
I enjoyed sitting backwards on Etihad's Boeing 787s - was quite an unusual sight looking at the engine on take-off and landing, but once the aircraft is in the sky, you pretty much forget about it and it becomes like any other flight.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Aug 2012
Total posts 88
I rather enjoy backward facing seats. The only ones I dont like are on BA where you have to stare at the person squeezed in along side of you. Facing rear [or sideways] is different but in no way bad.
Member since 23 May 2011
Total posts 33
I have only faced backwards on an EY A380 in their First Suites, was an interesting experience as you expect take off to feel a certain way. once airborne you don't notice any difference.
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 167
Makes no real difference to me, except on BA when you have to look your neighbour directly in the eyes and try not to fall in love with them.
Member since 25 Jun 2012
Total posts 99
I specifically choose the rear facing seats on American's 772s as they offer more privacy generally in the windows. You actually can hardly tell any difference - not something to even think twice about.
Member since 15 Feb 2018
Total posts 151
Couldn’t think of anything worse. I like to face the direction I am traveling.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 227
Originally Posted by Dredgy
If you are looking at your neighbour "directly in the eyes" on BA, then you are cross-eyed and should seek help! To look directly at them you need to either angle your head - or your eyes - to 45 degrees. Don't people normally look straight ahead, or out the window when taking off and landing? I certainly do.
I have no problem with rear-facing seats. In fact in some ways, I really like them. The herringbone/sideways angle seats I find a little less appealing, but just look out the window and it matters little.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 305
Facing backwards just reverses the take-off and landing experience, so the acceleration is away from the seat on take-off and toward the seat on landing. Once you are at cruise it only changes any attempt to watch the scenery go by, which I don’t see meny people doing in premium classes. I suspect the most common backwards experience in this group would be BA J, which every one agrees is too crowded, which is enabled by the reversed seats, not caused by it.
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
if you face backwards you get there slower
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 149
Wouldn't you get there sooner?
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
Ordinary herringbone doesn't allow you to look out the window without turning to look over you shoulder so you effectively can't use the window
Member since 02 Sep 2015
Total posts 18
No problem here. Slightly different feeling on take off but nothing to cause issues and once in the air, you can't tell the difference. The only ting that was a bit weird was watching the plane cameras on the IFE which show you moving in a different direction than what you see out of the window when taxiing.
Member since 26 Nov 2017
Total posts 14
Makes no difference IMO once up in the air. Just as long as you are not staring straight at another passenger (unless there is a connection!).
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
Not facing forward on takeoff?
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox