Ahhhh the fiercely contested in-air debate, window seat, or aisle seat? We can all agree, screw the middle seat. Nobody’s willingly choosing to sit middle. If you are, you’re a psychopath.
So now the battle comes to window or aisle. Personally, for me, it depends on a few factors. I like sitting at the window seat. I actually enjoy looking out and seeing the view from above, recognizing landmarks, even watching other planes at the airport. The window seat is like the coolest little portal into the rest of the world. And if I’m on a red-eye flight at night (where I know I’m mostly trying to get sleep), I will take the window, every time. There’s nothing like leaning the seat back and expanding your little zone to lean your head against the windowwall. It’s like a built in pillow. Can’t lean on anything in an aisle seat, and comfort is key when you’re trying to get some zzzz’s in the air.
However, as someone with tiny bladder syndrome, I hate being the asshole that 2-3 times in the middle of the flight, has to make everyone else get up so that I can get out of the row and use the lavatory.
I try to time it up with whenever other people in the row get up to use the bathroom, to make it look like I’m being courteous and getting up when they get up. You know, to make them only have to get up once. But sometimes, you just can’t hold it anymore and gotta ask the middle and aisle compatriots to throw up their tray tables and flatten themselves out as I physically can’t hold my bladder anymore and need to sashay past them out of the row. Usually, I’ll come back with some snacks to give them for being such good sports afterwards.
However, I can avoid all of that awkwardness by just taking an aisle seat. Plus, with an aisle seat, you can stretch your legs out into the aisle and have easy access to swerve your head around and see who’s up to what on the plane. Oh seat 12C is watching We’re The Millers? I didn’t know they had that!
But then again, the aisle seat is almost too… “public”. When you’re in an aisle seat, not only do you have to deal with the two people in your row. You also have to potentially deal with the guy sitting in the aisle seat in the row cross from you, as well as the gents in the aisle to your front, back and diagonal. That’s an extra five people you could have potential interactions with, as opposed to the window, where the only thing I have to potentially rub up against is the wall.
The downside of a window seat is that once you land, you’re completely stuck there as everyone else goes through the charade of rushing to stand up and take their bags down and get off the plane. Having a window seat easily adds an extra minute or two to your deplaning process, as you’re just standing there, waiting for everyone else to move their ass out of the way. And if you’re a jet-setter like me, those precious minutes can be the difference between a missed connection and a stale airport coffee or being on a beach in Tahiti with supermodels. If you’re telling me my window seat can potentially keep me away from a Mai Tai with Candace, I might have to rethink my seating strategy.
But honestly, I don’t think that’s enough to keep me from it. The window seat is my wheelhouse, my comfort zone. It’s like my own little nook in coach I just can’t help but enjoy. My vote is window seat, all the way.
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