The selection of appropriate seating arrangements on an airliner involves considerations, quite apart from budgetary constraints, that you may have overlooked. First-class seating, though arguably more comfortable, is often the most seriously damaged in the event of catastrophe. But leaving that remote possibility aside, a new study by five gastroenterologists from Denmark and Britain has revealed another disquieting issue: pressure changes associated with flight renders people somewhat more gassy; naturally, the release of such gases, often referred to as farting, is therefore likely to occur.
Scientists have found that the textile seats common to economy class transit can absorb as much as 50% of the resulting odor, while the leather seats found in the first-class portion of the cabin absorb practically none. They recommend incorporation of activated charcoal into transport amenities, as the substance can neutralize practically all such odors.
Such measures may be especially important in the cockpit, as pilots and associated personnel may become distracted, which might interfere with their concentration.