Updated 19 November 2015

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Did you know that the humming of airplane engines creates about 80 decibels of engine noise in the cabin at cruising altitude? No wonder you get irritable and find it hard to fall asleep.

One way to avoid the engine noise is to take care when booking your seat. Lifehacker says on wide-body aircraft the seats in the front of the Economy cabin are the quietest, while the back has the most engine noise. The quietest seats on a Boeing 747-400 are in rows 31 to 34. You could also invest in a pair of active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones that hush ambient sounds by creating frequencies that obviate the noise at your ear.

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