Are you moaning when you find out you have a center seat in the back of an airplane just meters from the toilet? They are far from being alone, but there is definitely one advantage: According to Lifehacker, this is one of the safest places to sit on a plane.
In 2015, TIME examined data from 17 aircraft crashes between 1985 and 1985. The mortality rates were as follows: 32 percent for the ranks in the back third, 39 percent for the middle third, and 38 percent for the ranks front third. These stats may not be compelling enough to give up your hard-earned (or randomly assigned) pod seat, but this could change your mind: the mid seats in the back of the plane had a mortality rate of 28 percent compared to a daunting 44 percent for the Passage seats in the middle third of the aircraft.
TIME 's research confirmed the conclusions of a 2007 popular mechanics study in which researchers analyzed data from 20 crashes in the last half-century. They were measured in terms of survival rather than death rate, but the verdict was the same: your chances of surviving a plane crash are far better if you sit in the back of the cabin. The survival of the stern cabin was 69 percent, while the over-wing and coach sections were at 56 percent. First and business class travelers survived only 49 percent of the time.
In both studies, it was mentioned that some of the crashes did not show any recognizable survival patterns, and TIME made it clear that the data without considering factors meant less under the circumstances of the crashes themselves. If, for example, the heck of the aircraft has a problem, the rear cab obviously is not very safe. The problem (if you could call it problem ) is that there are not enough plane crashes to study it. Therefore you have to critically evaluate these results. "There are too many variables, and these are important ̵