It is extremely rare to encounter a traveller who doesn’t care where they sit on a flight. Most of us have well-established seating preferences. But why?
FlightNetwork® consulted Feng Shui expert Tila Silverio to investigate how this ancient Chinese art could influence your choice of the best seat on a plane, and created this handy Plane Shui calculator to help you determine the section of the aircraft that suits you best.
Earth Element, aka Stuck in the MEDDLE with you.
You love to be in the middle of everything! Your seat of choice will be in the middle section of the airplane, but you may also choose the right upper side, close to the doors just in case your help may be needed, or the lower left side of the airplane (almost like an imaginary diagonal line through the centre of the airplane.) You love taking care of others and will happily engage your seatmate in conversation, mainly to offer unsolicited life advice to a total stranger.
Wood Element, Do not let this book fool you; I am watching you.
Your seat preference is the upper left area of the airplane. You love books and usually spend your entire flight reading or working on your laptop. But you also possess a very keen eye for detail and note where doors and washrooms are as soon as you board the plane. You assess if everything is in order and if things go wrong – i.e. if you are late departing or landing, or if your meal is cold – you will let your displeasure be known.
Fire Element, Control freak at the front of the plane.
Opposite to Water, you want to be at the front of the airplane where the controls are. Regardless if you can afford first class, deep inside you KNOW you deserve it; you love to be treated like royalty and made to feel special.
Water Element, I hate small talk so do not even look at me!
You are perfectly fine sitting at the back of the airplane, probably wearing blue or black, totally blending in with the seat. You love to travel and do so often, but since you are likely an intellectual, you despise chatty seatmates.
Metal Element, This seat fabric clashes with my outfit but those flight attendant uniforms are FABULOUS!
The lower right side of the airplane is reserved for you. You are fun-loving and creative; the first thing you will notice is the uniforms’ style and colours, the interior decor of the airplane, and you will likely be restyling them all in your mind. You love to share and will likely offer to split your snack with your seatmate.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy dating back over 5,000 years that is based on the principle that energy (Chi) flows through everything and everyone, and that its different frequencies affect everything we do, including our selection of airplane seats.
According to Tila Silverio, everyone is born into one of these “energies” or elements, and they very much determine your personality and choices in life, such as why you always choose the same coffee cup, why you always sit in the same spot in your living room, or why you sit where you do during flights.
To discover a person’s element, one must first determine their Kua number, which is calculated based on the individual’s year of birth and their gender. Each Kua number corresponds to an element – Water, Fire, Metal, Earth, or Wood – that has specific traits associated with it.
But you don’t have to worry about any of that because you can use our nifty calculator above. Go ahead and check your Plane Shui, and learn that perhaps there’s an ancient Chinese secret behind why you like to sit where you do.