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02 February 2011

Aisle Seats

I don't get the appeal of aisle seats. They are the first to go, and everyone nods knowingly when someone brags about managing to cop one. But the problem to me is that having the aisle seat requires not only that you get out of your seat each time you yourself wish to get up, but everytime anyone else in your row wants to get up. But if you have the window seat, you only have to get up when you want to get up. That seems much preferable to me. I suppose anyone reading this is thinking "Good - have your window seat!"


Blogger Black Sea said...

You can stick your legs out in the aisle, except when one of the flight attendants walks by. I think that's the crux of it -- more legroom. Personally, I alos prefer the window, because I like to look outside.

February 02, 2011 12:34 AM  
Anonymous robert61 said...

I prefer the window, too. The flight attendants, or aisle donkeys, as they prefer to be called, are quite brutal with the carts. The more passive-aggressive old bags will plow right into your outstretched leg. And I mean "old bag": it's never one of the young ones or the male stewardesses, though I suppose one of the latter might be tempted if he were gay enough.

February 02, 2011 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For long flights there are not that many carts being pushed around. So the extra leg/arm room is appreciated (I'm a bigger guy). On smaller planes the curvature of the plane can actually reduce the legroom in the window seats.

February 02, 2011 8:43 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Ok, the leg-room problem I can see. I'm a bit over 5'10'' (178 cm for you non-Americans) and I never have any leg-room issues - so its probably an issue as you start to go beyond 6' (183 cm), yet there seem to be many not even approaching that height self-satisfyingly occupying that plum spot.

My guess is that big-guy alpha males and salesmen, who travel alot, have made a big deal about getting an aisle seat over the years, so now everyone thinks it must be superior, and perhaps a sign of prestige as you're connected enough to manage to secure the most coveted seating.

February 02, 2011 10:17 AM  
Anonymous jth said...

Planes just suck. The ailes are so narrow it's almost impossible not to elbow or hip check someone.

February 02, 2011 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Nizzle said...

It is all about the window seat! There are many reasons I enjoy the window seat, but the most important reason is that I get to sleep against the window. If you are in the aisle, you can either sit up straight and sleep or lean on the middle seat person. I hate flight attendants and I feel like they are judging me when I'm in the aisle seat. I really hate them because they wake me up to ask me if I want food or to move my Ugg boot out of the aisle because it keeps getting caught under the cart, like watch your cart bitch-that is your only job. Being in the window seat is the best, no one bothers me the entire flight, and if I get to sleep, I'm not going to be getting up to pee anyway. When the plane starts its descent, I get to look out the window, and then close the window when i'm pretty much "over it" and no one can say shit to me. Finally, when everyone is packing up their crap to rush off the plane when it docks, I can stay in my seat, relax and not feel pressured to stand up and grab my carry on so I can stand their like an asshole. I like to watch all the retarded aisle people stand up and wait for 20 minutes so they can rush to baggage claim and wait another 20 minutes for their bags, at that point I am just walking up and take my bag and bounce.

February 02, 2011 12:28 PM  
Blogger Black Sea said...

Actually, the cockpit rules . .. or so I hear.

February 02, 2011 1:06 PM  
Blogger Syncretism said...

There are merits to both window and aisle seats---the former being a view and the latter being unfettered mobility.

It's that seat between the two that's utter torture.

February 04, 2011 9:59 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

There are merits to both window and aisle seats---the former being a view and the latter being unfettered mobility.

Unfettered mobility in theory...but I find they typically plant themselves in their seats and go to the rest room maybe once - except of course they have to get up whenever the other two want to get up as well.

You're right though - being in the middle between two strangers is pure hell.

February 05, 2011 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I travel frequently on intercontinental flights. I am 6 feet and go about 190 lbs. I like to get up frequently to stow gear in the overhead and use the lavatory. I need the walking. I used to try window on the theory that it would be easier to sleep without interruption. Several problems;
First, on many planes, especially Boeing, the fuselage at the floor obstructed my outside foot forcing me to sit in an uncomfortable position.
Second, when the large person on the aisle was sleeping, getting out of my seat became probematic. This was especially a nuisance when I made frequent trips to my carty-on bag in the overhead. I don't want them under the seat because I need the leg room.
Third, I find people on the window tend to sleep more than me, making the issue moot.

I now request aisle and am much happier.

February 11, 2011 6:19 PM  

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